Golborne Medical – West Ten GPs

16 Golborne Road, Ladbroke Grove, W10 5PE


Flu Vaccination Clinic

September 2020 update

The flu vaccination is more important this year than ever.

We currently have in-stock flu vaccines for:

  • Patients under 65 years old who are eligible due to a long term health condition.
  • All patients over 65 years old

We will be inviting patients to regular flu vaccine clinics. Please contact us to book a time, or walk-in on the day:

  • Monday to Friday between 9am to 10am
  • Saturday 26th September, 12:30 to 2pm

When you attend for your flu vaccine, you confirm that:

  • You consent to receiving the vaccination and have read the information on side effects on the NHS website.
  • You have not:
    • Been feeling acutely unwell
    • Got a recent fever, new cough or loss of sense of taste/smell
    • Been advised to isolate
    • Got an egg allergy

Before attending, please read the information on this website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

To keep you safe and ensure you are not waiting, please come in loose clothing, with a face mask & have your preferred arm ready for the injection.

What is flu?

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it is sometimes called seasonal flu. It is a very infectious disease that can come on very quickly. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, cough, headache, pains in your joints and muscles and extreme tiredness. Healthy people usually recover within 3 to 4 weeks, but some people can develop serious life-threatening complications and need to be admitted to hospital.

Colds are much less serious and usually start with a stuffy or a runny nose, sore throat and cough.

How do we prevent the spread of flu?

Flu is unpredictable and there can be different strains of the virus. However, over the last ten years, the flu vaccine has generally been very good at targeting the circulating strains.
The flu vaccine is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children who are most at risk of flu and its complications.

The flu vaccine

The flu vaccine’s the best available protection against the flu virus. It’s very safe, only takes a few minutes and will last around a year.

Flu’s more than a bad cold and can make people very unwell. It’s highly infectious with symptoms that come on quickly and can hit anyone. In the most serious cases, flu can bring on pneumonia, or other serious infections which can, in extreme cases, result in death.

The vaccine’s offered each winter flu season, which lasts from October to March.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Any strain of flu can be dangerous for people who are vulnerable to it. That’s why the following people are urged to get the free flu vaccine as soon as it’s available every winter to help protect against flu:

  • People with a health condition
  • People aged 65 years or over
  • Pregnant women
  • People that work in healthcare
  • Unpaid carers and young carers

For information on the child flu vaccine, please visit the child flu page

What if I’m not in one of the eligible groups?

If you’re 16 years old, or over, and not in one of the eligible groups for the free flu immunisation, you can get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee.

What to do if I have flu?

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include symptoms such as:

  • fever (temperature above 38°C)
  • aches
  • tiredness or exhaustion
  • headache

More about the symptoms of flu

Flu Clinic

Every autumn, around September, we start our flu clinics. We aim to vaccinate as many of those at risk, as indicated above.

You can book online if you are registered for online services, or call reception to make an appointment.

Keep an eye out under the news section of this website for when the clinics start.