Flu Campaign 2020/21
We are excited to announce that our flu injections are back in stock. Bookings can be made via telephone 01923 820 866.
What is Seasonal Flu?
Seasonal flu occurs every year, usually in the winter. It's a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. The most likely viruses that will cause flu each year are identified in advance and vaccines are then produced that closely match them. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. Flu symptoms hit you suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles, and you can often get a cough and sore throat at the same time. Because flu is caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it.
Don’t wait until there is a flu outbreak this winter: contact your GP or practice nurse now to get your seasonal flu jab.
This year there are two different vaccinations depending on your age as of 31st March 2021. For those aged 65 and over the recommended vaccine is Fluad. We have ensured that we have sufficient stocks of the immunisations for our patient population therefore there is no need to panic or for you to seek to get your immunisation elsewhere. For patients aged 3 to <65 we have stock of the recommended vaccine, Influvac.
Vaccinations for children (those aged 2 to 9) will not be released by NHS England until middle of October, however, the Influvac injection is licensed from the age of 3 years old and can be used instead of the nasal flu vaccination.
Who is Entitled to a Free Vaccination?
Eligibility for the Main Cohort:
Carers (providing they are coded as a carer)
Patients with chronic diseases (check QOF box):
Heart, lung, liver, spleen or kidney problems
Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as cancer treatment or steroid treatment) (Flu is inactivated)
Asthma (taking regular preventer inhalers)
Are you shielding?
If yes : We recommend we book you into our earlier slots between 10:00-11.00 which have been reserved for shielding (high risk) patients.
If you insist on an appointment outside of these timings, this is fine but you need to be made aware they will be seen alongside non-shielding patients.
If no: Non-shielding patients who are eligible for the flu vaccine are to be booked in after 11:00
House Bound patients/Nursing Homes:
The CCG will be arranging for housebound patients to be vaccinated via a home visit - all patients will be contacted directly for this to be arranged. If you are under the care of the District Nurses, they too will provide vaccination to those who are eligible.
All patients over 65 are eligible for the one off vaccine, in some cases patients may be eligible for the pneumonia vaccine every 5 years due to their medical history.
A further update will provided due course re: 2020-2021 eligibility once national guidance has been updated but at present, it is likely that anyone between the age of 70-79 who have not previously been given the Shingles vaccination will be eligible. If the patient is eligible when they receive their annual flu jab, providing we have shingles vaccinations in stock they will also receive this at the same time (different arm).
Families of Those Shielding
Aged 50-64 years
Anyone who has become newly eligible for the flu vaccination this year due to COVID-19 and living with a shielded patient or being aged 50-64, will be offered a vaccine in the second cohort, once the CCG allocate additional vaccines. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. A communication campaign will be targeted at these additional groups advising patients to wait for their GP or NHS team to contact them about receiving a free flu vaccination.
Nasal Flu Vaccinations:
There will be specific clinics for these although not yet arranged as we’re not able to order any stock yet. Please bear with us until we know when to expect a delivery. We will inform you as soon as we are aware.
Flu Clinic - On the Day (12/09/2020)
This will be significantly different to our usual set up due to COVID-19.
You will be given a specific time for your appointment to ensure we maintain social distancing and the safety of patients and staff at all times. It’s important you adhere to the timings or you will be turned away to ensure we respect the safety of other patients and staff. If for any reason you are running late, please be warned that we will do our best to accommodate you however, there may be a waiting period. Under no circumstances can we squeeze any patients in on the day.
Please also note that if you are self isolating because of contact with Covid-19 or due to travel, or you have developed any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 (temperature, cough or loss of taste or smell), then please do not attend the flu clinic and follow government guidance.
Please ensure you wear a facial covering to your appointment.
If you fail to wear a face covering or have a temperature then you will not be allowed into the building and will have to make arrangements for your vaccine at a later date.
The Saturday clinic will be running in the Baby Clinic room for Carepoint patients with 5 stations for patients to be vaccinated. There will be a clear one-way system to follow in and out the building to maintain social distancing and a member of staff will monitor this. Please follow social distancing measures by queuing up and following all safety signs.
Please read posters and advise us of any problems with you being able to have the vaccine.
Patients will receive a reminder of their appointment time the day before. The text will remind all patients to wear a face mask & cancel their appointment if they have been in contact with anyone who has had COVID-19 in the last 14 days or if they display any symptoms.
The clinic is on 12th September 2020 and will run from 10:00-17:00
10:00-11:00 (for COVID - High Risk Patients) and 2 clinics for any other eligible patients running from 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00.
For more information about the flu season please visit NHS.choices or Stay Well This Winter website.
Due to the increased safety requirements placed on this years flu clinic, we will not be able to answer any questions other than those related to your vaccine. The reception desk will be closed and you will not be able to collect any forms or ask any routine queries about your health.