Children aged two and three are being offered the flu vaccination for free for the first time.
GPs at the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be writing to all eligible patients inviting them to book a time at a dedicated clinic.
Some GP practices are also providing walk-in clinics for their eligible registered patients (see list below)
This year’s campaign, led by Public Health England, aims to reduce the spread of flu by offering vaccinations to young children.
Vaccinations in this area are available at:
Christmas Maltings, Haverhill – 19 October 9am-1pm; November 16, 9am-1pm (by appointment only)
Clements Christmas Maltings, Haverhill– Daily morning and afternoon clinics (various times) from October 1, Saturday clinics October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 9am to midday(by appointment only)
Stour View, Haverhill – Please contact the surgery direct
Wickhambrook – October 12 8.30am – 5pm (walk-in, no appointment required)
Guildhall Clare - October 8, 9am – midday; October 15, 2p,-4pm; October 22 9am-midday and 2pm-4pm (all dates by appointment only)
GPs want to remind people that vaccinations are available:
– to carers of people in at risk groups
– from some pharmacists at a charge
– through some companies and administered by pharmacists at a charge
You are in an at risk groups are if:
– You are aged 65 years or over
– You are pregnant
– You are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
– You are the carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
– You are a frontline health or social care worker
– You are aged six months to 65 years and have
– A heart problem
– A chest complaint or breathing difficulties including bronchitis and emphysema
– A kidney disease
– Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
– A liver disease
– Had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
– A neurological condition e.g. multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy
– A problem with, or removal of, their spleen e.g. sickle cell disease
Dr Christopher Browning, chairman of the NHS West Suffolk CCG, said: “The winter weather brings an increase in cases of flu – short for influenza, which is a highly infectious viral illness that is spread by coughing and sneezing.
“It’s important that people in the at-risk groups protect themselves against the virus by having a flu vaccination.
“This year, for the first time, children aged two or three years on September 1, 2013 ,are also being offered the flu vaccination.
“This is to protect them against the disease and help reduce its spread to other children, including their older brothers or sisters, and, of course, their parents.
“This will avoid the need to take time off work for flu or to look after their children with flu.
“People in at-risk groups are entitled to receive a free seasonal flu vaccination from their GP practice.
“It’s quick and simple and will provide them with protection that could save their life.”
GP practices will be writing to all eligible patients in the at-risk group inviting them for a free flu vaccination.
Many practices will also be offering walk-in flu vaccination clinics to their registered patients who are eligible.
Vaccinations are also available at:
Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds – October 5, 12, 19 and 26 8am – midday (walk-in, no appointment required)
Avicenna (Stanton practice) - September 30, 2.30pm – 6pm, October 1, 9am–2pm, October 3, 8am–12.45 pm; October 7, 2.30pm–6pm; October 8, 9am–2pm; October 10, 9am-2pm; October 11 ,2.30pm–5.30pm, October 15 9am –2pm; October 17, 8am–2pm – (all dates by appointment only)
Botesdale – October 2 and 23, 8.30am–6pm (walk-in, no appointment required)
Brandon – Please contact the surgery direct for details of flu clinics
Forest, Brandon – Clinics on Saturday mornings and weekday mornings and afternoons throughout October.
By appointment only
Glemsford – October 3 – all day
Glemsford; October 8 – morning only
Hartest; 16 October – morning only
Glemsford; October 22 – October
Glemsford; October 31 – morning only
Hartest (all dates by appointment only)
Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds
Guildhall: October 12 and 19 8am-midday
Barrow: October 8 and 22 8.30am-midday (all dates by appointment only)
Hardwicke House (Sudbury only) – October 5 and 19, 9am–3pm (walk-in, no appointment required)
Lakenheath – Please contact the surgery direct for details of flu clinics
Long Melford – Long Melford October 15, 8am–8pm
Lavenham October 17, 8am-4pm (walk-in, no appointment required)
Market Cross, Mildenhall – week commencing October 7 including Saturday (by appointment only)
Mount Farm, Bury St Edmunds – October 26, November 9, November 23, all 8am–2pm.
Eligible patients will be sent a letter which they must bring to the flu clinic.
Contact practice for details.
Oakfield, Newmarket – September 28 and October 5 9am-midday (by appointment only)
Orchard House, Newmarket – September 28 and October 12, 8.30am–12.30pm (by appointment only)
Rookery, Newmarket – morning and afternoon appointments will be available during last three weeks of October, including Saturdays – contact reception
Siam, Sudbury – September 28, October 5 and 12m 8.30am–11.30am (walk-in, no appointment necessary).
Additionally, booked appointments will be available – please book via reception
Swan, Bury St Edmunds – clinics on Saturday mornings and weekday mornings and afternoons throughout October.
By appointment only
Victoria, Bury St Edmunds – September 28, 8am-4pm; October 5 and 12, 8am-4pm (all dates by appointment only)
Whitehouse, MIldenhall – October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 – mornings only (all dates by appointment only)
Woolpit – 12 October 08:00 – 14:00 (by appointment only)
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (October 2) Echo.