Family Doctor GP Surgery

   Dr R Rai, MBBS, MRCGP  
   Health Centre, Market Avenue, Wickford, SS12 0AG, Tel: 01268 562444


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Influenza vaccinations

Flu Vaccination Dates 2014: We have arranged two dates in OCTOBER. Please enquire at reception to make bookings.

If you are eligible for flu jab (as per recommended criteria below) please phone the surgery reception to book your appointment for the flu clinic on one of the above dates.

Please note that offering flu jab to large number of patients on one day requires some organisation and logistics and your help and support would be most appreciated through making sure that you keep your appointment and try your utmost to come on the day that we have reserved for the flu jab day.

Who needs a seasonal flu vaccination?

The CMO's advice is that you need a seasonal flu vaccination if:

  • You are aged 65 years or over
  • If you are aged 6 months or over and fall into the following risk group :

1. Chronic respiratory disease, including asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission

2. Chronic heart disease

3. Chronic renal disease

4. Chronic liver disease

5. Chronic neurological disease*

6. Diabetes requiring insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs

7. Immunosuppression

8. Pregnant (at any stage of pregnancy): All pregnant women are recommended to receive the flu vaccine irrespective of their stage of pregnancy.

* considered on an individual basis the clincial needs of their patients including individuals with multiple sclerosis and related conditions, or hereditary and degenerative disease of the central nervous system.

  • Vaccination is also recommended for those living in long-stay residential homes or other long-stay facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality (this does not include prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence etc)


  • Vaccination is also recommended for carer's defined as those who are in receipt of a carer's allowance, or those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. This should be given on an individual basis at the GP's discretion in the context of other clinical risk groups in their practice


  • In addition, it is recommended that immunisation be offered to all health care workers involved in the delivery of care and/or support to patients. Social service employers have also been asked to consider offering immunisation to all staff involved in the delivery of care and/or support to clients.



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