Last updated 9.9.20
The 2020/21 flu vaccination programme began in September.
Adult flu vaccination programme
During the 2020/21 flu vaccination season free flu vaccinations are being offered to all our registered patients aged 65 and over (this includes anyone who will have had their 65th birthday by 31st March 2021), patients with a chronic disease such as diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and asthma, chronic renal disease, coronary heart disease, immunosuppression and neurological disease such as stroke, carers and pregnant women. Dedicated clinics for all our eligible patients in these categories are being held in September, October and November 2020. In order to minimise risk due to coronavirus the clinics will be run slightly differently this year. Clinics will be held outside when possible and we will be operating a socially distanced queuing system. Please view these videos to see how we are making sure we protect you during the pandemic : https://youtu.be/ly2Jix9-_Ew https://youtu.be/e9DBnLYqJcw
If you are eligible for the flu vaccination we will send you a bar coded invitation letter. Please wait until you receive this letter before taking any action. It is important that you bring the bar coded invitation letter that you receive to the flu clinic as proof of eligibility. When you come for your flu vaccination, please wear a mask and wear suitable clothes for the weather and that make it easy for you to expose one of your shoulders. The car park will be closed for safety reasons.
If you are experiencing any of the Covid-19 symptoms, DO NOT COME to a clinic. Self-isolate for two weeks and alert those you have been in contact with.
You will have seen in the news that the flu vaccination programme has, at short notice, been broadened to include healthy 50-64 year olds. Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, and then only 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 aged 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. Please note that NHS England has advised that GPs are not to vaccinate this age group until the clinically at-risk have been done. This means that no 50-64 year old (other than those who are in the clinical at-risk groups) will be invited to attend for a vaccination until there is confirmation from the NHSE national team that there is vaccine supply for this group.
For further information about national flu vaccination programme : www.nhs.uk/flujab
Children’s flu appointments
Flu vaccinations are also offered by the practice to all children who are two or three years of age on 31st August 2020 ie born between 1/9/16 and 31/8/18. They receive a nasal spray vaccine called Fluenz Tetra which is painless and easy to give. All children under the age of 18 who are in an “At Risk” group ie with a chronic disease are also given this vaccine. Children aged 11-17 within this group are offered the vaccination in general practice, while schools cover the other age groups (as noted below). Dedicated children’s flu clinics will be held from October to November.
For information about the children’s flu vaccination, visit www.nhs.uk/child-flu
Schools vaccination programme
There is also a programme of flu vaccinations for all primary school-aged children. These vaccinations are offered and given at school than the surgery. This year children in year 7 (secondary school) are also included. The schools programme includes children who are “At Risk” but their parents can still choose to have their vaccination at the surgery if they miss the session at school, if the school session is late in the season, or if the parents prefer it.