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Flu jabs 2017


It’s time to think about getting a flu vaccination.

This winter could see a very high number of flu cases in the country.

Australia is currently in the grip of its worst flu outbreak on record and the global circulation of the virus means that episodes in the Antipodes are indicators of the likelihood of outbreaks in Europe later in the year.

For many people a bout of flu will result in symptoms such as headaches, aches, pains and tiredness.

However for people in “at-risk” groups flu can have serious consequences, leading to existing health conditions getting worse or the development of an illness such as bronchitis or pneumonia.  For example, if you have asthma the symptoms may become more severe if you catch flu. For people with diabetes flu can potentially cause high blood sugar levels. Pregnant women should know that a bout of the flu could leave their child with a life-long health condition.

That’s why it is so important that people in these “at-risk” groups arrange to have a flu vaccination.

You are eligible for a free flu vaccination from your GP practice if you:

  • Are aged 65 years or over

  • Are pregnant

  • Receive a carer’s allowance or are a Ccarer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility

  • Are aged between six months and 65 years and have a heart problem, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment, liver disease, had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack(TIA), diabetes, a neurological condition or a problem with or removal of the spleen e.g. sickle cell disease

  • Are a child born between 1 Sept 2013 – 31 August 2015 – plus children in reception class and school years one, two and three.

If you know someone in one of these categories please remind them of the importance of protecting their health this winter.

Please speak to a member of Staff if you would like any further information or to book an appointment.

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Mendlesham Health Centre


Monday8.30am - 6.00pm
Tuesday8.30am - 6.00pm
Wednesday8.30am - 6.00pm
Thursday8.30am - 6.00pm
Friday8.30am - 6.00pm


Manor Farm Surgery, Bacton


Monday8.30am - 12.30pm3.30pm - 6.00pm
Tuesday8.30am - 12.30pm3.30pm - 6.00pm
Wednesday8.30am - 12.30pmclosed
Thursday8.30am - 12.30pm3.30pm - 6.00pm
Friday8.30am - 12.30pmclosed


Mendlesham Health Centre and Bacton Surgery will be closed for clinics on the afternoons of:


14th July, 15th September, 12th October, 17th November, 14th December


9th February, 8th March

The telephones will be diverted to the out of hours service provider, who will be covering any clinical emergencies.  Please dial 111 if you need medical assistance.  If your problem is life threatening dial 999.

The reception and dispensaries  will continue to be open for queries and medication collections.

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