Influenza is a viral disease which can cause severe acute respiratory illness and death for those at risk who develop the infection, and each year 300,000 to 600,000 people die from influenza across the globe. The most effective way to protect yourself from Influenza is to have the vaccination each year. Those most at risk are those patients aged over 65 years old, or those patients younger than this but who have a chronic long term condition such as Diabetes, COPD, or Asthma, as well as those who are immunocompromised by certain treatments or conditions, pregnant or children aged up to 12 years who meet the criteria set by the World Health Organisation. We recognise that this year has been a particularly challenging year both globally and nationally for many of us with the arrival of Covid-19 at the start of 2020, and scientists are working hard towards developing a vaccination to protect us from the virus. However, we already have an available Influenza vaccination that is proven to provide protection against the disease and this is provided free of charge to all those who meet the criteria set by the World Health Organisation. Dr Christopher Stephenson, GP Partner at Bewick Crescent Surgery said that ‘we would urge all of our patients who meet the criteria set to take up the offer of an Influenza vaccination in order to protect themselves as much as possible in these uncertain times caused by the continuing Covid-19 global pandemic’. If you are unsure whether you can have the vaccine for free please ask any of our staff or have a look at our website;


The majority of the 'at risk category' have now been vaccinated (both over 65s and under 64s).  As of 2 December 2020, in accordance with government direction, we have made appointments available for patients between 50-64 years old to book an appointment.  Book now by calling our surgery on 01325 316637 if you feel you are eligible for the vaccine.

General Flu Messages:

  1. Why take the risk? It’s never been more important to have a flu vaccine! This winter we may be faced with second wave of COVID-19 and the flu virus. If you’re in an eligible group make sure you get vaccinated. #DoYourBit #ProtectYourself #ProtectYourFamily #ProtectYourCommunity
  2. Don’t be a spreader! You can have no flu symptoms but still spread the virus to friends and family. Why take the risk? If you're eligible, get your free flu vaccine #DoYourBit #ProtectYourself #ProtectYourFamily #ProtectYourCommunity
  3. Going for your flu vaccine? That's great but please remember to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules. #DoYour Bit #ProtectYourself #ProtectYourFamily #ProtectYourCommunity
  4. Handwashing and wearing a face covering can reduce the risk of spreading viruses but the flu vaccine is the single most effective protection against the virus. Check if you're eligible for a free vaccine this year #DoYourBit #ProtectYourself #ProtectYourFamily #ProtectYourCommunity
  5. Expecting a baby? If you're pregnant it’s never been more important to have a flu vaccine! Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about your free flu vaccine #DoYourBit #ProtectYourself #ProtectYourFamily
  6. Get your free flu vaccination if you are in a high risk group. It will protect you and your family from complications and possible serious illness. It’s never been more important! When you get your invite book your appointment. #DoYourBit #ProtectYourself #ProtectYourFamily #ProtectYourCommunity
  7. If you are aged 50-64 and not in a high risk group you may be offered a free flu vaccine later in the year. Please wait until you hear from your GP. This will help ensure we can immunise those at highest risk first. #DoYourBit #ProtectYourself #ProtectYourFamily #ProtectYourCommunity
  8. This year it’s never been more important for your child to get their free flu vaccine. If your child is at primary school or in year 7 you will be asked to complete a consent form so your child can have their vaccination at school. Please remember to sign & return. #ProtectYourFamily


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