Flu Vaccinations 2020
With social distancing and the need for additional protection for our patients and staff the 2020 flu vaccination programme will present a number of challenges. We will do all we can to help all our eligible patients receive their vaccine in a safe way.
There are different vaccines for different age groups, and they all have different delivery schedules. We are putting on specific clinics, by vaccine type, to ease the patient flow and also based on vaccine availability.
We are sorry but this will mean that families/couples who receive different vaccines will have to book into different clinics.
The challenges are considerable given the number of vaccinations to be delivered.
Please read the instuctions below on what to do on the day of your clinic so that we can keep everyone safe.
Patients 65 and over (including all patients born before 31st March 1956)
These flu clinics are now available to book and will take place in October - please contact the practice
Patients born after 31st March - in one of the at risk categories
We do not have these clinics available to book at the moment and subject to receiving the vaccine we expect these to be in November.
We will update this page when the clinics are available to book
Patients aged 50 to 64 not in an at Risk Category
The earliest these clinics will be available is mid to late November and is subject to vaccine supply. This is to ensure that the vulnerable groups are vaccinated first.
We will update this section as soon as we have any more information
Children 2 and 3 (those born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2018)
There are clinics available to book now – please contact the practice
Children in Year 8 and above – in one of the at risk categories
For those under 18: - There are clinics available to book now – please contact the practice
For those over 18: - There is a different vaccine and we will update this page as soon as the clinics are available
Children at Primary School (Reception to year 6) and in Year 7 (Secondary School)
These vaccinations will be undertaken at school
On the day of your vaccination
- Please do not come to the surgery if you have a continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste/smell
- A one way system will be in operation on the day of your appointment
- You may wish to use a nearby public car park to avoid congestion
- Please arrive no more than five minutes before your allotted time
- You will need to queue outside the surgery, irrespective of the weather, maintaining social distancing at all times
- You must wear a face covering when entering the surgery and we will not be able to provide masks on the day
- Members of staff will direct you to a clinic room, whilst you are briefly waiting you are asked to remove any necessary clothing to expose your upper arm; please wear loose clothing (except for children receiving the nazal flu vaccine)
Flu 'at risk' categories
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, e.g. Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, or learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- weakened immune system due to disease (HIV/AIDS) or treatment (cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (BMI of 40 and above)
- all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
- anyone aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7)
- people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
- Health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users