THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WHEN MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2022/23 FLU SEASON IS AVAILABLE
ENDED 01/03/2022 - We will be back in September with more on the new flu season!
This Winter, it is more important than ever that those who are eligible for the flu vaccine have it, and have it as early as possible. By reducing the incidence of flu, we can reduce the impact of COVID. Not only will people not have to suffer what can be serious implications of flu, it prevents the NHS being under strain and so we will be more able to manage safely any COVID-related issues. By protecting the NHS, we protect our ability to provide healthcare to our patients effectively and safely.
This page will be updated as we schedule our flu clinics. We will have a number of available sessions throughout the week. Please note, there are different flu vaccines depending which eligible group you are in. Due to delivery restrictions, we have to restrict which groups can attend which clinic.
For the protection of patients, we ask for your help in ensuring the flu clinic is a safe environment:
What to expect:
- All staff will be wearing PPE (aprons and masks) – and big smiles underneath
- Please attend unaccompanied unless you require a carer
- Please follow the directions of the reception team, who will be guiding your route through the practice to ensure strict social distancing.
- The queue will start outside – please wear appropriate clothing/bring an umbrella
- If you arrive by car, please remain in your car until it is time to join the queue
- Arrive in time to join the queue no more than 15 mins before your appointment time
- Please bring a face mask and wear as soon as you join the queue
- Please wear loose fitting clothing – you will be asked to take off your coat and roll up your sleeve in the waiting area
- Appointment will be for FLU VACCINE ONLY
- Once you have had your injection, you will exit by the rear door
- more measures will be announced as we test our plans
AM I ELIGIBLE?
NHS England have instructed Primary Care to prioritise as follows (where vaccine delivery allows):
- people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
- those aged from six months to less than 65 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 neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40and above)
- all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- all children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
- 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
- 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)
- those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
NOT ELIGIBLE BUT STILL WANT THE FLU JAB?
If you do not meet the eligibility of the above you can still have a Flu Jab Privately. these can be given in most local pharmacy's. please inquire with your pharmacy if you would still like to have the flu jab.
All children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020:
Only children who fall into one of the groups above are eligible to receive the vaccine at their GP practice i.e. all who are 2-3 years and those who are in a clinical risk group. The schools program will vaccinate all other children aged two to eleven. If your child misses the school vaccination, they will be running catchup clinics – they will not be done at The Surgery.
Health and social care staff who are not in one of the groups listed above:
Your employer is responsible for commissioning a service to ensure you receive a flu vaccination.