We are still running our flu clinics in house this year, with the exception that we will be holding Saturday morning clinics from the 26th September and during October 2020. There will be a few changes to ensure social distancing is kept to ensure your safety and that of our team at the practice. Please contact the surgery after 2 pm on 01823 442357 or sign up to Engage Consult to book an appointment slot if you fall into one of the below categories.
Who is eligible for a free flu vaccination?
There are separate groups of patients we will be vaccinating and they are as follows:-
- children aged 2 to 3 years
- In addition, children who are clinically at risk are offered the vaccine from the age of six months to 18 years. Those children at school will be given their flu vaccination in the school setting
- pregnant women
- those aged 65 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals (those patients living with patients who have been shielding)
- Patients under 65 years of age who have a specific clinical condition(see below)
Eligible clinical conditions
- 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, or learning disability;
- immunosuppression, a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment);
- asplenia (having no spleen) or splenic dysfunction;
- morbid obesity
What about additional patient groups?
You may have seen in the news that patients aged 50-64 can also have a vaccination (without having one of the medical conditions listed). However, we are not permitted to vaccinate this group of patients until we have vaccinated those patients in the at-risk groups. We need to wait for Government approval to vaccinate this group and we will contact patients in that group later in the year.
What to expect at the practice
When you make your appointment you will be given a specific time for your appointment. Please do not arrive at the surgery before your allocated appointment time or you may need to wait outside. Up to six vaccinators will be running the clinic in separate rooms. You will be asked to queue in the practice in a socially distanced manner, whilst wearing a face covering.
The vaccinators will stay in their rooms while an administrative staff member will direct you to the vaccinator when they are ready to see the next patient. The rooms are down one corridor in the building and we are not running any other clinics that day to minimise the number of patients in the building at any one time. When you have had your vaccination you will be asked to leave the building via a different door to the one you entered. You will exit the surgery into the car park at the rear of the building. The exits will be clearly marked.
Please try and make sure you are ‘vaccine ready’ and have your arm bare, ready for the vaccinator to administer the vaccine.
MOST IMPORTANTLY PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID, HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ANYONE WHO HAS SYMPTOMS, OR HAVE RETURNED FROM TRAVELLING TO A COUNTRY ON THE CURRENT UK QUARANTINE LIST
PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT