It’s time to think about getting a flu vaccination.
This winter could see a very high number of flu cases in the country.
Australia is currently in the grip of its worst flu outbreak on record and the global circulation of the virus means that episodes in the Antipodes are indicators of the likelihood of outbreaks in Europe later in the year.
For many people a bout of flu will result in symptoms such as headaches, aches, pains and tiredness.
However for people in “at-risk” groups flu can have serious consequences, leading to existing health conditions getting worse or the development of an illness such as bronchitis or pneumonia. For example, if you have asthma the symptoms may become more severe if you catch flu. For people with diabetes flu can potentially cause high blood sugar levels. Pregnant women should know that a bout of the flu could leave their child with a life-long health condition.
That’s why it is so important that people in these “at-risk” groups arrange to have a flu vaccination.
You are eligible for a free flu vaccination from your GP practice if you:
- Are aged 65 years or over
- Are pregnant
- Receive a carer’s allowance or are a carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- Are aged between six months and 65 years and have a heart problem, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment, liver disease, had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack(TIA), diabetes, a neurological condition or a problem with or removal of the spleen e.g. sickle cell disease
- Are a child born between 1 Sept 2013 – 31 August 2015 – plus children in reception class and school years one, two and three.
If you know someone in one of these categories please remind them of the importance of protecting their health this winter.
Many GP practices offer walk-in and by-appointment flu clinics for their registered patients and we are beginning to compile a list of dates and times. We will be updating the list as we receive the information from GP practices
If your practice is not listed below currently, please contact your surgery for details of flu clinics
Guildhall & Barrow
- 23rd September – Appointments Only – 8:15 am to 12 pm – Adults only
- 30th September – Appointments Only – 8:15 am to 12 pm – Adults only
- 7th October – Appointments Only – 8:15 am to 12 pm – Adults only
Long Melford (Lavenham)
- 14th September – Walk in – 8 am to 4 pm
- 21st September – Walk in – 8 am to 12 pm
- 21st September – Appointments only – 2 pm to 6 pm
- 22nd September – Appointment only – 8 am to 12 pm
- 23rd September – Appointment only – 9 am to 12 pm
- Children to book appointments separately outside these times/dates.
- 30th September – Walk in – 8 am to 2:45 pm – Over 18’s
- 14th October – Walk in – 8 am to 12:45 pm – All age groups
- 28th October – Walk in – 8 am to 12:45 pm – All age groups
- 23rd September – By appointment
- 7th October – By appointment
- 23rd September – Walk in
- 30th September – Walk in
- 7th October – Walk in
- 21st October – Appointments only
- Children’s clinic during October half term.
- 25th September – Appointment only – 5:45 pm to 7 pm
- 27th September – Appointment only – 9 am to 11:30 am
- 30th September – Appointment only – 8 am to 12 pm
- 2nd October – Appointment only – 5:45 pm to 7 pm
- 4th October – Appointment only – 9 am to 11:30 pm
- Paid walk-in service from on-site pharmacy / Separate clinics for children, ask at reception