Leighton Road Surgery, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
1 Leighton Road
Leighton Buzzard
Beds LU7 1LB
Tel: 01525 372571
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Flu & Pneumonia

Seasonal Flu

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus.

The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains.

You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

We offer 'at risk' groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.

In 2017/18, flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups: 

  • all those aged two and three (but not four years or older) on 31 August 2017 (ie date of birth on or after 1 September 2013 and on or before 31 August 2015)
  • all children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • people aged from six months to less than 65 years of age with a serious medical condition such as:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
    • chronic liver disease
    • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability
    • diabetes
    • splenic dysfunction
    • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2018)
  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
  • people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill 

Please note:

  • two and three year-olds (but not four years or older on 31 August 2017) will be vaccinated by general practice;
  • four to eight year-olds (but not nine years or older on 31 August 2017), that is those in reception class and school years 1 -4, will be vaccinated in school;

Our Flu Clinics can now be booked.

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

For more information please visit the websites below:

Flu and the Flu Vaccine - NHS Choices

Pneumococcal Disease

What is it?

Pnuemococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria that can live harmlessly in the back of the nose and throat.

Who should have the pneumococcal vaccine?

A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, some people are at higher risk of serious illness and can be given the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS. These include:

  • babies
  • adults aged 65 or over
  • children and adults with certain long-term health conditions, such as a serious heart or kidney condition 

How often do I need the vaccination?

Babies receive the pneumococcal vaccine as three separate injections, at 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year old.

People over 65 only need a single pneumococcal vaccination, which will protect for life. It is not given annually like the flu jab.

People with a long-term health condition may need just a single one-off pneumococcal vaccination or five-yearly vaccination, depending on their underlying health problem.

How can the vaccination help me?

It can help your immune system prevent a pneumococcal infection developing and the complications associated with this, so having the vaccine can help keep you well.

For more information visit Pneumococcal vaccine.

So if you are booking a flu jab why not book a Pneumovax  too (if you have not already had one).