Important information regarding the annual Influenza Vaccination

 

 

 

 

If you are either over 65 or will turn 65 before 31st March 2021 or are within one of the at risk groups below you are eligible for a free vaccination:

Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital Admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis

Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's diseasemotor neurone diseasemultiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy

A learning disability

Diabetes

Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed

A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

Being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)

 

We are trying to ensure all patients in these groups who are considered more at risk from complications with flu are vaccinated against the influenza virus.  This is in line with recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer and the views of many experts.     

 

PLEASE BE ASSURED, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT THE VACCINATIONS THEMSELVES CAUSE INFLUENZA.

 

 We are not able to offer the vaccination to anyone who is not eligible. 

 

 

 THINGS ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR - YOUR SAFETY AND THAT OF OUR STAFF IS OUR TOP PRIORITY

 

  • Following government guidance for COVID19, flu vaccinations can be provided outdoors in a marquee in our carpark or you may be asked to wait in a marquee in the carpark before entering the surgery in line with our COVID19 Safe policy. This will help to provide a well-aired, socially distanced environment. 
  • Our Nurses will be hand sanitizing between each patient to ensure we are COVID19 safe. 
  • Our clinics will be staffed by our Reception Team on the day – please follow their guidance to ensure a safe, efficient experience. 

 

We would like to thank our PPG (Patient Participation Group) volunteers who will be helping steward on the day also.

 

 WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NOW?

 

  • Your free Flu vaccination will be available by appointment only on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please book your appointment online through Patient Access, the NHS App or call us on 01926 331401
  • Saturday Clinics will be held on: 12th and 19th September, 3rd, 17th and 31st October, 14th and 28th November
  • Other Clinics will be available during the week and the evenings – please book online or ask Reception for details.
  • Please call after 10.00am as before this time the lines are extremely busy.
  • Please advise the receptionist if you are under 18 years of age as the vaccination will be in the form of an intranasal spray.   Please also let us know if you do not wish to have the vaccination. 

 

ON THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT 

 

  • Please try and attend alone or with a maximum of one Carer if required.
  • Please wear clothing which makes it easy for you to expose your left shoulder and remember it is essential to wear a face covering when you attend for vaccination.
  • Please note that our car park will not be accessible during the flu clinics so that we are able to accommodate the marquees

 

  

 New for 2020 Influenza Campaign 

 

  • Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

  • If you live in the household of a patient of ours who has been shielding due to COVID19 you can ask your own Doctors surgery for a flu vaccination from November, but not before that time.