Information about Flu 2020
If you are eligible for a Flu Vaccination please contact the surgery to book your appointment.
• We are aware that pharmacies and supermarkets are offering the flu vaccination.
• We have not asked them to do this on our behalf.
• We much prefer to see you in one of our clinics.
• We have FULL access to your medical records, can check you are eligible and also ensure you are up to date with all your health needs.
Help support your Practice – Attend an environment that you know, with clinicians who know you. Book your appointment with the team today on 01823 259444 Option 1
Flu Clinics – When and where
These are Timed Appointments, and must be booked beforehand, do not turn up without an appointment.
Friday 15th January 9.00am – 13.00pm – INCLUDES 50-Under 65’s
More Dates TBC
- These dates are subject to change as we are still awaiting official government guidance on how flu vaccination should be managed this year due to COVID19, but given that demand is anticipated to be very high, we advise patients to save the above dates in their diaries. We will update this page as we get further news.
- Please come at the time that you have booked and not earlier or later due to social distancing measures that will be in place on the day.
- You must wear face coverings at all times even while queuing.
- There will be no waiting area inside the building, so please come prepared for inclement weather. If it is particularly busy, you may be asked to wait in your car.
- There will be a one way system through the practice – please enter via main door, there will be signs and staff available to guide you on the day.
You can have the flu jab if you are in these groups (example conditions are shown under each category)
Long term lung conditions
- Asthmatics who take regular inhaled or oral steriods or who have had hospital admissions for asthma
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Lung fibrosis
- Pneumoconiosis (Dust)
Long term liver conditions
- Liver transplant
Long term heart or circulation conditions
- Congenital heart disease
- Heart failure
- Heart attack, angina and other ischaemic heart disease
- Peripheral vascular (circulation) disease
- Rheumatic heart disease
Long term neurological (brain/nerve) conditions
- TIA (‘mini-stroke’)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cerebral palsy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spinal disease or paralysis affecting lung function
- Learning disability
Long term kidney conditions
- Kidney failure
- Kidney impairment
- Kidney transplant
Endocrine (hormonal) conditions
- Diabetic patients on diet only, oral drugs or injections
- Pituitary gland disorders
- Addison’s disease (lack of natural body steroids)
Reduced immunity due to medical conditions or drugs
- No spleen (e.g. due to injury or illness)
- On long term steroids
- On cytotoxic or immunity suppressing drugs e.g., rheumatoid arthritis injections, active or recent cancer treatment
- HIV infection or AIDS
- Coeliac disease (wheat intolerance)
- Systemic lupus
- All currently pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
Age or circumstance
- Anybody aged 65 years and over including those becoming 65 by March 31st 2021 (date of birth on or before March 31st, 1956)
- Long stay residential care homes patients
- Carers who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, main carers, or those carers who regularly look after a person whose welfare would be at risk if they (the carer) become ill
- NEW Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users
- Morbidly obese patients (BMI of 40 or above)
- NEW Those who live in the same accommodation as patients on the Shielding list
Consideration will be given to vaccinating those who are in the same household as someone with a severely suppressed immune system – cases will be considered individually and vaccination is not guaranteed – we will be sending invites in our second phase (subject to vaccine supply)
- Children aged 2 to 3 years (date of birth between September 1st 2016 and August 31st 2018 inclusive)
- Update 25.11 We have vaccines please call the surgery to book your appointment for patients who are part of the extended vaccine program. NEW Patients aged between 50-64 as per the extended vaccine program we will be sending invites in our second phase likely to be in November/December (subject to vaccine supply)
Not eligible for a surgery flu jab
The following groups cannot have a flu jab at the surgery, but may be eligible elsewhere, such as from employer or school
Frontline health and social care workers to be vaccinated by their employer
NEW All frontline health and social care workers should receive a vaccination from their employer, in order to meet their responsibility to protect their staff and patients and ensure the overall safe running of services.
Previous conditions with full recovery or which are now stable
Patients who have previously had chest infections with no residual long term problems are not at any more risk of respiratory complications from developing flu than that of the general population
Patients who have previously had treatment for cancer and are now either recovered or stable with no active ongoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment
Babies under 6 months of age
Flu jabs are not recommended in children in this age group even in the presence of at-risk conditions
Children to be vaccinated at school
All primary school children and year 7 of secondary school (date of birth between September 1st 2008 and August 31st 2016 inclusive) will be invited separately and vaccinated at school. (NB: children with at-risk conditions can be vaccinated at the surgery if wished)
Non-eligible patients wishing the flu jab privately
Unfortunately, though we would be happy to do so, unfair and restrictive clauses in our contract mean that, unlike pharmacies and supermarkets, we are not permitted to offer flu jabs to any of our non-eligible patients privately