Flu Vaccinations: Doctor Flu

Help the Doctor exterminate flu this winter!

Last chance to get your jab at the additional drop-in clinics running in January 2019.


Help protect your patients and yourself. It’s easier than ever for CUH staff to get their free flu vaccination with drop-in clinics available around the campus. No need to book – just turn up! Remember, the vaccine does no give you the flu. It is a completely inactivated vaccine and doesn’t contain a live virus.


You can still receive your free vaccine at our additional flu clinics running in the concourse opposite M & S, in the concourse, 9:30am-16:30pm, on the following dates:

  • Monday 7th January
  • Tuesday 8th January
  • Wednesday 9th January
  • Thursday 10th January
  • Friday 11th January
  • Thursday 17th January
  • Friday 18th January


Unable to reach our concourse clinic?
Book now to have a flu vaccinator visit your team or department. All you need to do is email Staff Health & Wellbeing.

If you’ve already picked up the vaccination at your GP or local pharmacy, please tell the OH team as it will count towards our final target. 

You can also get your vaccination from a local vaccinator working in your department. For a contact list of local vaccinators please see connect.


Help exterminate flu this winter!

The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus which can cause serious illness and death.

Remember these flu top tips:

  • The flu vaccine is the best protection- we have against an unpredictable virus which can cause serious illness and death
  • Wash your hands – You can reduce the spread of flu by regularly washing your hands. You can pass flu on without having any symptoms, so wash your hands regularly
  • Stay away – if you have flu, please stay away from work until you are better. The virus is highly infectious and outbreaks can happen quickly

This year, there are weekly draws to win £20 & £5 M&S vouchers and free Starbucks drinks, so the earlier you get the vaccine the more chances you have to win! Don’t forget to grab your free Doctor Flu pen and sticker when you receive your jab.

If you’ve got any questions, get in touch with the OH team: 01223 216767.


Doctor Flu

Over 65 years old?

Please note that you will need to visit our OH building to receive your flu jab or head to your GP or Local pharmacy to obtain the vaccines recommended for your age group. This is due to the vaccine that will best protect you (as recommended by Public Health England) will not be available at CUH this year. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. To find out more please see the letter sent to all CUH staff over 65 years old:

Appointments available for over 65s at OH 

Seasonal Flu letter for over 65s 2018-19 Update 


Information sheet Seasonal flu 2018/19

  1. What is the flu vaccine is and what it is used for?


Seasonal flu vaccine is a vaccine to prevent influenza (flu). Flu viruses change continuously and the World Health Organisation monitors the types of flu viruses throughout the world and makes recommendations about the strains to be included in the flu vaccine for the forthcoming winter. For the 2018/2019 season these strains are:


Viral strains used for this year’s vaccine are:

A/Michigan/45/2015(H1N1) pdm09 – like virus;

A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016(H3N2)-like virus;

B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus;

B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.


  1. Before you receive seasonal flu vaccine.


You should not receive seasonal flu vaccine if you have previously had a sudden life-threatening allergic reaction to any ingredient in the vaccine (as listed above) or to any of the substances that may be present in trace amounts as follows:


Egg (Ovalbumin and chicken protein), Formaldehyde, Gentamicin, Polysorbate 80, Octoxinol- 9, Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and Neomycin. Signs of an allergic reaction may include itchy skin rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face or tongue.


If you are not sure, talk to the vaccinator before having the vaccine.


Taking other medicines.


Please tell the vaccinator if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription or have recently been given any other vaccine. Seasonal flu vaccine can be given with other vaccines, provided it is injected into separate limbs. In such cases, you should be aware that the side effects may be more intense.


Pregnancy and breastfeeding.


It is recommended that pregnant women receive the seasonal flu vaccine and it is safe to do so at any stage of pregnancy. If you have any concerns about your pregnancy and receiving the seasonal flu vaccine, you should discuss this with the vaccinator or if you prefer your midwife. Please the vaccine can be administered whilst breastfeeding.


  1. Are you 65 years old or older?


NHS England has recommended an alternative flu vaccine this season, that has shown to be more effective in those aged 65 and over. Unfortunately, this vaccine will not be available for administration within the Trust, therefore urge you to contact your GP to book an appointment to receive this free vaccination.


  1. How seasonal flu vaccine is given.


The vaccinator will administer the vaccine in accordance with official recommendations and it will be injected into the top of the upper arm (deltoid).


  1. Possible side effects


Vaccines in use this season are subject to additional monitoring and you can help by reporting any side-effects you may get. We encourage you to report any such side-effect to the occupational health department, your GP or community pharmacist.


Like all medicines, seasonal flu vaccine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.


Allergic reactions may occur following vaccination, in rare cases leading to shock. Vaccinators are aware of this possibility and have emergency treatment available for use in such cases.


Common side-effects of the seasonal flu vaccine are:


  • Headache


  • Tiredness


  • Pain, redness, swelling or hard lump at the injection site


  • Fever


  • Aching muscles, joint pain


  • Increased sweating, shivering, flu like symptoms


These side-effects occur within the first day following vaccination and usually disappear within 1-2 days without treatment. If they persist, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.


  1. Further information


Should you require any further information or have any questions please do not hesitate to ask your flu vaccinator or contact us on 01223 216767 or you can email: staffhealth.wellbeing@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.




Download your consent form now: Flu consent form 2018.

Download your Declaration of received elsewhere and drop it at one of our clinics.

Download the Doctor Flu information sheet.

Download the GP letter for vaccinators to give to those vaccinated that want to inform their GP.

Support our campaign by getting your jab and promoting the clinics to others by sharing our posters and using our email signature.


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