Do I need a Flu vaccine?

on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Posted in blog

2017 Flu Vaccines are available in Emsworth and Boxgrove, Chichester NOW

In our opinion everyone needs a flu vaccine – flu vaccines are a great way to stay healthy over the autumn and winter period. The influenza virus can be a lethal disease and should be avoided accordingly. By having a flu jab you are not only protecting yourself but protecting those around you as well. Your family, friends and colleagues will all thank you from keeping flu at bay this year.


Influenza can be extremely unpleasant and have a serious impact on your health and your ability to maintain your current pace of life. In our busy society it is even more important that ever to protect your health and do what you can to stay healthy.

Flu vaccines are available now in our Emsworth and Boxgrove clinics. As flu vaccines take between 7-21 days to become effective in your system, so the sooner you have yours the better for everyone.

Specialist GPs

Our specialist GPs can provide the right advice, make sure your needs are assessed and administer the flu vaccine to you at a time of day that suits your needs. The influenza vaccine costs £45.

The flu vaccine for children in 2017

The 2017 flu vaccine for children will be given as a nasal spray and will be available on the NHS to children:

  • aged two and three on August 31 2017 – that is, children born between September 1 2013 and August 31 2015
  • in reception class and school years one, two, three and four 
  • in some parts of the country, all primary school-aged children will be offered the vaccine (following a pilot in some areas) 

If you child aged between 6 months and 2 years old we can still offer the flu vaccination privately by way of an injection. If your child is in year five or above and not in an NHS defined ‘at risk’ category you will need to book them a flu vaccine privately. An injection costs £45 and the nasal spray which can be used on those aged two and over costs £65.

At Southdowns private healthcare our experienced GPs can administer Flu Vaccine to children.

Whatever your concerns we can help -  just give us a call on:

033 022 02000 or 01243 766447 or use our online booking system.

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Making time for your health

At Southdowns we believe that giving our patients time to discuss their health is a critical factor in good health.

Our consultations are unhurried, allowing us to fully explore your concerns and talk through any issues you want to discuss.

Patient Confidentiality

We do not share any information about our clients with anyone else, unless you give expressed permission. Unlike the NHS we operate an “opt-in” policy regarding data sharing, meaning that unless told otherwise we will not share your details with any third parties.