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Holt Medical Practice
 Holt Medical Practice



Following unprecedented demand, there is a national shortage of flu vaccinations.


Holt Medical Practice has been affected by the shortage, and has put in place a priority system to ensure patients most at risk are still able to receive a vaccination.


Until a new supply arrives, vaccinations will be reserved for patients with certain conditions for example:




some chronic heart conditions

and pregnant women


If you are unsure if you fall into one of these groups please ask at reception.


All patients can still enquire at high street pharmacies to see if they have any vaccinations available. 



This year the government is providing the seasonal flu vaccination (free of charge) for the following groups of patients through their GP:

  • Patients aged 65 years and over; will receive a new vaccine which is recommended specifically for patients aged 65 years and over. Studies have shown this adjuvanted trivalent vaccine is more effective for patients in this age group.
  • Patients under 65 years of age in certain clinical at risk groups; will receive a quadrivalient vaccine. This vaccine offers protection against four strains of influenza (most previous vaccines offered protection against just three strains if influenza).  Risk groups include pregnant women and patients with certain chronic diseases such as COPD.
  • Children aged 2 and 3 years at 31st August 2018; will receive a vaccine which is usually given as a nasal spray.

To view the full list of "at risk" groups, click on this link - eligible for seasonal flu vaccination government list. 


The seasonal flu vaccination is also available to patients of any age who are: Carers of older or at-risk patients, healthcare workers and patients living in long-stay residential care homes.


Our FLU CLINICS (at our 3 sites) for all patients entitled to a free jab (except children, who will be seen in separate clinics) will begin late September, continuing during October and November. 


Clinic dates will be arranged to coincide with the government’s nationwide phased delivery schedule of the new adjuvanted trivalent vaccines (for patients aged 65 years and over).

Booking is essential. Each patient gets an individual appointment time.

To book your slot, please contact the surgery on 01263 712461 or pop into any of our surgeries (please ring after 11:00 in the morning, when the telephone lines are less busy).


If you do not receive a text or letter, your records indicate that you are not eligible for a free vaccination. Even if you have had a flu jab previously, you may not be entitled to a free jab unless you meet this year’s criteria.


Kelling Pharmacy will have a limited number of private flu vaccinations available for patients who wish to be vaccinated but do not qualify for a free vaccination.

There is no need to book, there is free parking, just turn up and ask for the flu jab. The Kelling Pharmacy stocks will be available on a first come first served basis after 17th September 2018 (price to be confirmed).



These will be available, free of charge, for the following patients (who have not previously had a shingles vaccination); 

  • Patients aged 70 or 78 – these patients become eligible AFTER they have turned 70 or 78 during 2018.
  • Patients who were eligible in previous years’ vaccination programmes (not yet vaccinated) remain eligible until their 80th birthday.

The Surgery will contact all eligible patients inviting them to have their shingles vaccination in special clinics. Where clinically appropriate, these patients will also be able to have their flu vaccination at the same time (one vaccination in each arm).


We can provide private shingles vaccinations for patients who do not qualify for a free vaccination. Enquiries about private shingles vaccinations should be made to the Administration Department on 01263 714331.  





These are available free of charge for the following groups of patients;

  • Patients aged 65 years and over.
  • Patients under 65 years of age in certain clinical at risk groups (such as patients with certain respiratory conditions e.g.COPD and Heart disease).
To view the full list of "at risk" groups, click on this link - eligible for pneumonia vaccination government list.

The pneumococcal vaccine protect against pneumococcal infections caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumonia.  It particularly affects the very young, the elderly and those with impaired immunity or chronic conditions. 


Please enquire if you are eligible for this vaccination, it can be given at any time throughout the year and will be administered by a Practice nurse.




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