Flu Vaccinations for Winter 2020
Each year the NHS prepares for the unpredictability of flu. For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week.
However, there is a particular risk of severe illness from catching flu for:
- older people
- the very young
- pregnant women
- those with underlying disease, such as chronic respiratory or cardiac disease
- those who are immunosuppressed
This year you are also recommended to have the flu vaccine if you are:
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a household contact of someone on the Shielded Patients List for COVID-19
- a child aged 2 to 11 years old on 31 August 2020
Who is eligible for the flu vaccination this year?
- All patients 65 and over
- Patients aged 18-65 who either have a chronic disease, or are pregnant or severely obese
- Patients who are the in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carers of an older or disabled person.
- Household contacts of those on the NHS COVID-19 shielded patient list.
Appointments will be available from 21st September.
Children and young adults (under 18)
- 2 and 3 year olds (dates of birth between 1/9/16-31/8/18) – these children are vaccinated at the surgery.
- All primary school children are vaccinated in school and year 7 are vaccinated at secondary school (dates of birth 1/9/08 to 31/8/16).
- Young adults under 18 not in the above birth ranges and who have specific problems such as asthma are vaccinated at the surgery.
- Flu appointments will be 5 minutes long, and two people in one household can be booked together as usual.
- Remember to wear clothing that can be removed easily to allow the vaccination to be given quickly.
- Wear a mask or face covering when attending the surgery.
- Only attend with one other person maximum.
- Avoid using the toilet whilst in the building.
- Please note that some vaccinations (for patients under 65) may take place outside the building for patient safety reasons due to COVID-19.
- Appointments for under 18s need to be booked with nurses (not Health care assistant).
- Parking is extremely limited and may not be available during weekend clinics.
- It is really important to please let us know if you have had your flu vaccination elsewhere so that we can note it in your records.
How do I book a flu vaccination appointment?
You can book on-line via patient access, the myGP app, or via telephone, (please phone during the afternoon when the phone lines are less busy).
Information about weekend flu clinics
There will be 3 weekend clinics on Saturday 26th September, Saturday 3rd October and Sunday 1st November. To make an appointment, either ring reception in the afternoons, when the phone lines are not so busy, or book on-line via patient access and myGP app.
Patients aged between 50-64
Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group 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.
- To see the Public Health England information please click here.
Published: Sep 4, 2020