In light of the risk of flu and Covid-19 continuing to circulate this winter, it is absolutely essential that all vulnerable patients receive a flu vaccination at the earliest opportunity.
Your GP encourages you to receive your vaccination at the Surgery because we want to ensure that you receive the correct type of flu vaccination. This will also enable the clinicians to update your medical records at the time of vaccination. If you are also eligible to receive a shingles or pneumonia vaccination, this can be arranged at the same time for you.
We have pre-ordered flu vaccinations for our eligible patients as listed below and have invested in hundreds of extra doses this year. Clinics have been scheduled inside and outside of our usual opening hours to accommodate our patients. This will ensure maximum protection within our community.
Flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:
- People aged 50 years or over
- Those aged from six months to less than 50 years of age, in a clinical risk group, such as those with:
- 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, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- Learning disability
- Splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- A weakened immune system due to disease (HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- All pregnant women
- Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long stay care facilities
- Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home
Children aged two and three years old on 31st August 2021 will be offered the vaccination in the Practice.
This year, all school aged children will be offered the vaccination through a school immunisation service.
Patients signed up to the surgery SMS service will receive an invite via text with an appointment letter attached. Those patients who are not signed up to the SMS service will receive an invite letter in the post.
Clinic dates will be provided within the invite and will be bookable online. We encourage patients not to ring the Surgery to book their flu appointment, unless absolutely necessary due to the increased demand on our phone lines.
Housebound patients will be contacted and visited by a member of our team and there is no need to ring and book, unless you are no longer housebound and can come to the surgery for your vaccination.
What to expect upon arrival
As last year, we have put additional measures in place to keep patients safe in our flu clinics. We have carefully planned appointments to minimise waiting times and maintain social distancing.
Please arrive at your specified time slot. Please ensure that you wear a face mask.
You will be directed to a consulting room to be vaccinated (we will have a number of clinicians on site at each clinic)
There will be restricted access to our carpark for the Saturday clinics and parking is for disabled badge holders only on this day. Please use the entrance via the pharmacy.
Please be aware that you may need to queue and to bear this in mind if you struggle to stand for long periods of time, please do make one of our staff aware on the day if this is the case.
Although you have booked an appointment time, we cannot guarantee your vaccine will be given at that time.
As per government guidelines patients will need to wear a mask or a face covering.
For more information regarding the flu vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Flu vaccine ingredients
There are several types of injected flu vaccine. None of them contains live viruses so they cannot give you flu.
If you’re eligible for the flu vaccine on the NHS, you’ll be offered one that’s most effective for you, depending on your age