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Internal News - 30 September 2008

Private flu vaccinations available to staff

The University Medical Centre is able to offer private flu vaccinations to University staff who do not automatically qualify for a free vaccination from their registered GP.

Under the rules of the NHS, patients are only eligible for a flu vaccination on the grounds of their personal medical history (e.g. patients who have conditions such as asthma or diabetes) or are aged 65 years or older. NHS practices are not allowed to offer flu vaccinations privately to their own registered patients, so anyone who wishes to receive this but does not automatically qualify will need to go elsewhere to receive the vaccination privately.

The University Medical Centre is able to offer this service for £15, but it is only available to staff who are not registered patients of the practice.

Flu clinics are currently available on the following dates:

If you would like to make an appointment (which will last approximately five minutes and will be with a nurse), please call the Medical Centre on ext 6655 or enquire in person at the reception desk.

The influenza season runs from September through to March, with a national publicity programme being launched in October 2008, so there will be more appointment sessions made available depending on the demand.

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