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Flu Vaccine Clinic

What is influenza? 

Influenza or Flu as we commonly know it, it an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is highly infectious with an incubation period of approximately one to three days. The disease is characterised by the sudden onset of fever, chills, headache and extreme tiredness. Other common symptoms include dry cough, sore throat and blocked nose. For most healthy individuals it is a self-limiting illness with a recovery within two to seven days.

Why immunise my child?

Immunising your child not only protects them from this nasty virus but helps to establish what is known as herd immunity whereby the wider community is protected from the virus. Protection from contracting Flu following a vaccine is thought to last at least one influenza season.

What is the flu vaccination clinic at The Portland Hospital?

The Portland Hospital runs a bi-weekly nurse led vaccination clinic. When you have booked an appointment for your child you will be invited to an appointment where you will see a paediatric nurse who will assess your child’s health on the day, ask questions regarding past medical history and decide if it is appropriate for your child to receive the vaccine. On the day if your child is not deemed well enough for the vaccine or any other concerns are raised regarding your child’s suitability for the vaccine its administration may be postponed until these concerns are satisfied by a medical professional.

This assessment process should take approximately 15 minutes. You will be required to wait 10 minutes after the vaccine has been administered to ensure there are no adverse reactions.

How is the flu vaccination given?

The first method is by nasal spray whereby each nostril is sprayed with a small amount of liquid containing a live but weakened form of the flu vaccine. This procedure is painless and should only take a minute to administer. Please note only children over the age of 2 years and without any underlying illnesses (asthma, any respiratory condition or immune disorder, or those in contact with anyone suffering from these) can have the nasal vaccine.

All children under 2 years will be offered the vaccine via intramuscular injection given into either the upper arm or thigh if appropriate.

If this is your child’s very first flu vaccine they will be required to return 4 weeks following the initial vaccination for a subsequent dose to ensure immunity for the season.

Please note: If your child suffers from a known or suspected egg allergy they will not be able to have the flu vaccine within one of the nurse led clinics. Please discuss your options with your GP or Paediatrician.

Please alert the nursing team to any other allergies or concerns you may have during the assessment process.

What is the cost of the flu vaccination?

The vaccine costs £75 for either the intramuscular injection or the nasal spray. This will need to be paid by credit card or cash when you arrive for your appointment.

Where and when is the clinic held?

The clinic will take place in the main hospital at 205-209 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5AH. Please report to reception when you arrive. The clinic starts on November 11th 2014 and will run until January 22nd 2015.

Clinic times are:

-          Tuesdays: 17:30 – 19:00

-          Thursdays: 09:30 – 11:30 and 17:30 – 19:00

How do I book an appointment?

Please contact our children’s enquiry line on 0207 390 8020 and ask for an appointment for the vaccination clinic.

Paediatric Flu Vaccine - Information Leaflet

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