Flu Clinics This Year
Flu clinics will be held in the surgery but will be a little different as we must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- Patients must have a pre booked appointment
- Please do not attend before designated appointment time as we will not be able to let you into the building no matter what the weather.
- Patients will be instructed to queue outside the surgery as limited numbers are permitted inside the surgery in order to maintain a safe footfall at all times.
- Please would all patients attending the surgery wear a face mask or covering.
- Please wear short sleeves so that it is easy for you to be ready for your vaccination.
- To enable us to comply with social distancing regulations and to manage our delivery of vaccine, we will only be vaccinating patients in the specified clinics.
This year flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:
- All children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
- 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 o chronic liver disease
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 40 and above)
- All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- 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
- 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
Clinics for children age 2-3 year will be held in the surgery from mid-September. Parents of children in this age group will be sent an invitation to make an appointment. All other children up to age 2-11 years on 31st August 2020 will be vaccinated in school unless they are in an at risk category in which case they will be sent an invitation letter to make an appointment at the surgery. We would like to send text messages to as many parents or guardians as possible, so please update your child’s contact details at the surgery.
Adult clinics will be held on the following dates:
- Saturday 3rd October 2020 from 9am – 3pm for patients aged 65 and over
- Saturday 17th October 2020 from 9am -12.30pm for patients aged 65 and over and from 1pm – 3pm for patients at risk under 65 years
- In addition weekday afternoon clinics will be available from the beginning of November
Please contact the surgery by phone on 01747 860001 to make your appointment.
For patients aged 50 -64 we are unable to offer vaccinations at the moment unless you are in an at risk group as we are waiting on national guidance on vaccine supply. We will invite patients in this age group when the vaccine is available. Please do not call the surgery to make these appointments until you have been notified directly.