Important – Adult Flu Vaccinations This Year

To keep our patients safe this year, our adult flu clinics are being held in a car park close to the surgery.

Patients attending by car will be given their flu vaccine through their car window.

There will be a waiting area for patients who cannot drive to their appointment.

Why is the flu vaccine important?

Flu should be taken seriously; it is more than just a bad cold. Some people may need to stay in bed for a few days but for others who are more vulnerable it can lead to more severe illness, can worsen existing illness and can lead to pneumonia or bronchitis. In the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in hospital, or even death.

Flu vaccination offers important protection against flu, saves lives and helps to reduce the pressure on the NHS in the busy winter months.

Who is eligible for an NHS flu jab this year?

Patients eligible for an NHS flu jab this year include:

  • Patients in residential, nursing and learning disability care homes
  • People aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
  • All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • People on the NHS Shielded Patient List for COVID-19 and household members of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals
  • 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
  • All children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
  • People with potentially serious underlying health 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
    • Learning disability
    • Diabetes
    • 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 40 and above)

How to get your flu jab this year?

Our flu vaccine supply is limited, and is being delivered to us in batches between September and November. We need to prioritise the most ‘at risk’ patients first.

We will be sending all eligible patients their appointment time and date over the coming months. Patients will receive their appointment invitations by letter, SMS and email.

If you have not received your invitation from us by the end of October, then please contact the practice.

Why is the clinic being held in a car par?

The practice needs to vaccinate over 5000 patients, and does not have enough space to do this in normal walk-in flu clinics, whilst maintaining social distancing.

Drive-through clinics are one of the safest ways to vaccinate patients during this pandemic, as there is an extremely low risk of contamination between patients.

Will you be able to attend the clinic on foot?

We ask that patients attend their flu clinic appointment by car if at all possible.

There will be a covered waiting and vaccination area for patients who can only attend on foot.

What if you can’t make the appointment date and time we gave you?

Patients should attend their appointment date/time if at all possible. There will be a small number of alternative appointments available, which patients will be able to request if necessary.

How long will you be waiting?

We expect the wait will be no longer than 30 minutes. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible.

Can you bring your child for their flu vaccination at the same time?

For the meantime the off-site flu clinic will only be providing adult flu vaccinations.

There are relatively low numbers of children who need the flu vaccine, and these can be safely done within the surgery. Parents should call the practice to book their child’s flu vaccination.

Are you aged 50-64 and heard that you’re now eligible for a flu vaccine?

This year people aged 50-64 (and not usually eligible for the vaccine) may be entitled to a free flu vaccine subject to availability, but this won’t happen until after 1st November.

We need to prioritise the most ‘at risk’ patient’s first. Please do not contact the practice now and wait to see how this will be rolled out by the government.

Are carers eligible for a flu vaccine?

If you are registered with us and are registered as a carer then you will receive a flu vaccine invite from us. We need to prioritise the most ‘at risk’ patient’s first, so please wait to hear from us with your appointment date/time.

We are unable to offer the flu vaccine to carers who are not registered with us. You should have your vaccine with your registered GP or pharmacy.

Are people living with a ‘shielded’ patients eligible for a flu vaccine?

If you are registered with us and are living with a patient on the covid-19 shielded list, then you are eligible for a flu vaccine. Please call the practice on 01727 855500 to arrange this.

We are unable to offer the flu vaccine to patients not registered with us. You should have your vaccine with your registered GP or pharmacy.