FLU VACCINATIONS 2020/21

This year the way in which we coordinate our Flu Clinics has changed due to the huge impact of COVID-19.

What is the flu?

The Flu is a highly infectious virus that infects the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause serious illness and even death in vulnerable groups. Some people with pre-existing conditions are more likely to develop potential serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

Who is eligible for the flu vaccine this year?

You can have the flu vaccine if you are:

  • Aged 65 or over
  • Aged under 65 and have a medical condition
  • Pregnant
  • Living in a residential or nursing home
  • Caring for an older or disabled person
  • Household contacts of anyone on the NHS Shielded Patient List
  • Frontline health and social care worker
  • Aged 2-3 years old (for most children, the vaccine will be given as a spray in each nostril)
  • In primary school  (provided by the School Nurse)
  • Year 7 secondary school student (provided by the School Nurse)

  • Aged 50-64 – Please note those in this new eligible group will be offered the vaccine later in the season as we will be vaccinating the very vulnerable first. Please check in with us after 1st November 2020.

 For further information on eligibility visit Flu Vaccine - NHS information

 

How can I book an appointment?

 If you are eligible for a flu vaccination you will receive an invitation by letter or text message to book an appointment by telephone when the clinics become available.  

 At the time of booking your appointment, the receptionist will advise you of the following;

  • Where to attend and any specific COVID -19 / Social distancing measures in place
  • To wear a face covering
  • To wear short sleeves if possible
  • To attend at your allocated appointment time- If you are running late you will not be seen after your appointment time and will need to reschedule
  • If you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you must not attend your appointment, you must self-isolate and get a test

 

What safety measures are in place to keep me safe before, during and after my appointment?

 Your safety is important to us and the following measures have been put in place to keep all patients and staff safe;

  • All patients will be advised to wear a face covering
  • All patients attending will be asked a series of questions to identify if they or anyone in their household is experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone experiencing potential symptoms will be asked to leave immediately, self-isolate and get a test
  • Clear signs and social distancing markers will be in place in and around the surgery
  • There will be a limited number of patients in the building at any one time
  • All clinicians and patient facing staff members will be following the latest infection control guidance.

 

 

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