Flu Vaccination

Please note we sadly don’t have stock of the vaccination recommended for patients 65 years and older. Various pharmacies in St Albans and the locality do still have stock of this vaccine. These include Jade Pharmacy in Parkbury House, St Albans Pharmacy and Tesco Hatfield. Please check with them first as stock is running low everywhere. We can still offer you the same vaccine you had last year. Please note though that the vaccine we have available is not one nationally recommended for 65 and over and has a lower efficacy.

We have already placed an order for vaccines for next year, so please be reassured that we will have enough stock, at the start of the flu season next year for our patients.

Parkbury House encourage you to attend for your free flu vaccination at the Surgery as opposed to using alternative private providers. Having your flu vaccination at the surgery allows us to keep an accurate record of your vaccination and health information, offer clinical support and ensures we can provide this service year after year. Flu vaccinations are provided by the NHS and a low uptake would affect our ability to provide this and other additional services in future years.

Please support Parkbury House and the future of General Practice in the NHS by having your flu vaccination with your GP Surgery.

Types of Flu Vaccination available at Parkbury House Surgery

Flu Vaccinations are age specific as of September 2018.

If you are 65 and over there is a new recommended vaccine called aTIV which is proven to be better for people in this age group.

This vaccine is being delivered to us in small batches and we will be sending you a letter when we have it in stock – at which point you can book an appointment with our HCAs, Shelley or Lisa.

If you would like to have the vaccine earlier than we are able to offer, you are welcome to enquire at local pharmacies to see if they have it in stock. Alternatively we can give you the Quadrivalent vaccine but please be aware that this isn’t as effective for your age group as the aTIV vaccine.

If you are 18 to 64 years old then we offer a Quadrivalent vaccine. Please note that not all patients in this age group are eligible to have the flu jab. Only patients who are medically ‘at risk’. If you are at risk you will receive an invitation to a flu clinic. The Quadrivalent vaccine covers more strains than the previous Trivalent vaccine. We have this vaccine in stock and are running two flu clinics where you can walk in to have the vaccination:

  • 13th October 2018
  • 29th October 2018

If you are unable to attend either of these dates then you are welcome to book an appointment with our HCAs, Shelley or Lisa, after the 13th October.

Children 6 months to 17 years old will be offered a flu vaccine. This is now in stock. We will be writing to the parents or guardians of children eligible to have the vaccine in practice because they are AT RISK. The date for the child flu clinic is 10th November 2018 8am to 11am. Children who are aged 2 & 3 will receive a letter from Child Health promoting the flu vaccination at our surgery. These 2 and 3 year olds are also welcome to to attent the child flu clinic.

The flu vaccine will be offered in practice to all children ‘at risk’ and also to children aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2018.

Please note that children will also be offered the flu vaccine at school if they are in an eligible age group – reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. If they miss the vaccination at school, or are home schooled, they will need to contact the immunisation team on 01462 459595.

Should you have the flu jab?

Patients eligible for the flu jab at Parkbury House Surgery are:

  • All patients who are 65 or over
  • All children aged 2 & 3 on 31st August 2018 (born between 1st September 2014 and the 31st August 2016)
  • Patients who have any of the following problems (however old you are):

Your GP may advise you to have a flu jab if you have serious liver disease or a neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability.

Women that are pregnant

Read more about who should have the flu jab.

The Flu Jab in Pregnancy

It’s recommended that all pregnant women have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they’re at. Find out more…