Flu Vaccinations 2020

General Information - updated 1/12/2020

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 all of these are now available.

 

The challenges have been considerable thank you for your help and understanding

 

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)

25/11/2020 - We have some vaccine availability please call the practice

Patients born after 31st March 1956 - in one of the at risk categories

1/12/2020 - Some additional clinics have been created and we are now taking bookings - please telephone the surgery

Patients aged 50 to 64 not in an at Risk Category

1/12/2020 - Some additional clinics have been created and we now taking bookings - please telephone the surgery

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

1/12/2020 - some appointments are still available  

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 nasal 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, multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
  • learning disability
  • diabetes
  • 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