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Flu Vaccination Update - 15th October 

The current availability for each age group is as follows:

Pre School Children

The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children over the age of 6 months with a long term health condition.
  • children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2018 - e.g. born between September 1, 2014 and August 31 2016.

Vaccine is available at the surgery. Please book a child flu appointment with a Practice Nurse. These appointments are available to book on line.

Children in reception class and school years 1 to 5 without risk factors

This is a nasal flu vaccine. These children will receive their flu immunisation at school. Please do not book an appointment at the surgery. The dates of the sessions are as follows:

  • Andoversford Primary  29/11/18  09.00am
  • Bibury C of E              30/10/18  12.30am
  • Bourton on the Water Primary   3/12/2018 09.00am
  • Cold Aston C of E        8/10/18    09.00am
  • Northleach C of E        12/12/18  09.00am
  • Sherborne C of E         9/10/18    09.00am
  • St Andrews C of E, Chedworth  30/10/18  09.00am
  • Stow on the Wold Primary  09/11/18  09.00am
  • The Rissington School  5/12/18  09.00am & 12.30pm
  • Withington C of E primary 9/10/18 12.30  

 Children aged 17 years within at risk group

At risk group includes patients with respiratory disease e.g. asthma, heart and circulatory diseases, some chronic conditions. If in doubt, please ask a Practice Nurse.

Vaccine is available at the surgery. Please book a child flu appointment with a Practice Nurse. These appointments are available to book on line.


Adults aged 18-64 within at risk group

At risk group includes patients for pregnancy, asthma, COPD, heart, kidney and liver disease; neurological disease; problems with spleen; weakened immunity; being seriously overweight. Frontline health and social staff and unpaid carers are also encouraged to have a flu vaccination.  

Vaccine is available at the surgery. Please book a flu vac 18-64 at risk. These appointments are available to book on line.

Adults who will be 65 or over before 31/3/2019

We have a very limited supply of this vaccine which we are reserving for those patients in this age group who are increased risk due to weakened immunity e.g. undergoing chemotherapy. If in doubt, please check with a Practice Nurse.

Vaccine is not currently available at the surgery for most patients. Further supplies are expected on 2nd November. Please book a flu over 65 appointment. These appointments are available to book on line.

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Are you suffering from a minor ailment?

If the answer is yes, visit your Pharmacy first.

You don't need to make an appointment to see your doctor or visit an emergency service if you're suffering from many common conditions. You can get advice and treatment from your local pharmacist,  and in may cases treatment will be free.

Think Pharmacy First

Pharmacy First Minor Ailments is a service being offered by Community Pharmacies. It means that you can get advice and NHS funded medicines for common, less serious illnesses from a community pharmacist, without having to make an appointment with your GP to obtain a prescription or visit a hospital.

If you don't normally pay for NHS prescriptions, any medicines supplied to you under the Pharmacy First Scheme will be free. And if you do usually pay for your prescriptions, the cost of the medicine should be much less than the current prescription charge.

Your pharmacist is a qualified health care professional who can help with your health problems. Anything you discuss with your pharmacist will be confidential, and they will offer you a private space to talk about your symptoms.

What about babies and children?

Your pharmacist can provide treatment for babies and children for certain common conditions such as nappy rash, colic, teething, mouth ulcers and head lice ( a full list of conditions is shown below).

Some medicines can only be given to younger children on prescription, and sometimes the pharmacist may need to see your child to make sure the right treatment or advice is given so you may be asked to bring the child in.

Can I go to the Pharmacy?

Your pharmacist will offer you advice and appropriate treatment for the symptoms detailed below, with most pharmacies participating in the scheme to provide certain medicines at NHS expense. If your pharmacy is not participating in this scheme, they will advise of the nearest participating pharmacy.

What should I do if my symptoms persist?

If your symptoms persist, you should seek further advice from your pharmacist or GP. Bring any medication you have been using with you.

If you have the following symptoms, go straight to your pharmacy and ask to speak to the pharmacist:

Colds, flu like symptoms or nasal congestion

Acute pain, earache, headache or temperature


Sore throat


Cold sores

Athlete's foot




Dermatitis, dry skin or an allergic type skin rash

Head lice


Heartburn or indigestion

Infant Colic

Mouth Ulcers

Nappy rash

Oral thrush


Sprains and strains



Vaginal Thrush

Bites and stings

Hay Fever

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