Flu is a very contagious infection which can cause serious illness and fatality among older patients and those of any age with particular medical conditions or taking certain drugs including methotrexate.
This year, delivering the flu immunisation programme will be more challenging than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have therefore significantly changed the format of our flu clinics to take into account social distancing to protect patients and staff from COVID-19.
Who is Eligible?
- Those aged 65 years and over. Note: this group are also automatically entitled to have a one-off (not annual) pneumonia vaccination - see pneumoaware.co.uk
- Those in clinical risk groups (aged six months to under 65 years)
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List; specifically, individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded person on most days over the winter.
Health and Social Care Staff
You are eligible if you are employed by either;
- A registered residential care/nursing home,
- A registered domiciliary care provider, or
- A voluntary managed hospice provider
- or employed through Direct Payment (personal budgets or Personal Health Budgets) to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.
- All children aged two to ten on 31 August 2020
- Children of school Year 7 age in secondary schools aged 11 on 31 August 2020.
- Please note: Children of school age will be vaccinated at school.
- Please note: pregnant women in the late stage of pregnancy will be vaccinated by their midwife
Anyone else in the 50-64-year-old age group (subject to vaccine availability)
Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
The government has given reassurances that there will be enough vaccines for all those patients in all of these groups.
However as a GP surgery we currently only have a limited supply, so vaccinations will be prioritised according to the instructions we have received from Public Health England.
Pharmacies will also be providing vaccinations as usual. If you would like to organise your own vaccination through another provider please contact them directly.
- Over 65’s - we take delivery of the vaccine for over 65’s in September 2020 and have arranged clinics for which we are now taking bookings.
- Under 65’s in an “at risk” group – we take delivery of additional vaccine in October 2020; details of clinics will be published when this is available.
- 50 – 64 age group – this group will be invited to attend in November / December (subject to vaccine supply). Please DO NOT call the surgery to find out; if vaccines are available you will receive an invitation to attend.
Booking your Flu Vaccination
Flu vaccinations will be available by appointment during the week and on some Saturdays.
We will also be arranging a few drop-in sessions.
In the first two phases we will be vaccinating our cohort of patients aged over 65 and those in “at risk” categories (such as patients suffering from diabetes or asthma).
If you are in the first phase, you can now make a booking by telephoning the surgery on 01243 608201
On the day of your Flu Vaccination
- Please remember that all patients should wear a face covering.
- Please wear appropriate clothing which you can quickly remove to give access to your upper arm.
- Please come on your own wherever possible. Friends and relatives will be asked to wait outside of the Surgery unless they are required to provide assistance.
- To avoid the build-up of large queues, please arrive at the time of your appointment
- Please do not arrive before your scheduled appointment – we will not have any waiting room capacity for patients to sit and wait.
- There may be limited parking available in the surgery car park as we will be using the area for a queuing system.
- When you arrive, you will be directed to where you need to wait. There will be a socially-distanced queuing system in operation.
Because of the administration required, we will not be able to offer any other services to those having a vaccine when we are running these vaccination clinics e.g. appointment booking or medication collection.
Thank you so much for your understanding and co-operation.
Information for over 65's Flu Vaccinations
DOES aTIV CAUSE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Like all vaccines, aTIV can cause side effects. Most reactions are mild or moderate and resolve spontaneously within 1 to 2 days.
VERY COMMON SIDE EFFECTS:
- Muscle pain
- Pain and/or tenderness at the injection sit
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS:
- Redness, swelling, bruising, hardness at or close to the injection site
- Nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting
- Joint pain
- Fever, generally feeling unwell, shivering
aTIV contains inactivated virus parts, which cannot cause the flu. Flu vaccines do not protect against the common cold, which has similar symptoms to the flu.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IN CASE OF AN UNEXPECTED SIDE EFFECTS?
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
This leaflet should be read in conjuction iwht the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) available at: www.medicines.org.uk/emc