This Year’s Flu Vaccinations

During the Covid-19 pandemic it is more important than ever that patients who are eligible are vaccinated against influenza to prevent ill-health and minimise further impact on the NHS and social care.

Eligible patients are as follows:

  • are age 65 or over
  • have a long term health condition such as; asthma, COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, heart failure, chronic kidney disease, hepatitis, Parkinson’s, MND, MS, Diabetes or have a weakened immune system
  • are pregnant
  • live in a long stay residential or care home
  • are a carer for someone else

If you are eligible the easiest way to make an appointment is to book a flu vaccination online via our website, if you are not yet registered for online services and would like to be please use our Register for Online Services form.

Alternatively you can call the surgery between 12:30 to 14:00 on 01452 543000 where we will be operating a dedicated flu line.

In order for us to provide a safe environment in which to perform vaccinations you must book an appointment, there will be no walk in clinics this year.

When attending the surgery please wear a face covering, and adhere to any safety procedures in place on the day. Surgery staff will be in attendance to provide instructions and assistance when necessary. Please ensure you wear suitable clothing so that the clinician can access your arm quickly and efficiently. Please be aware there will be no toilet facilities available and the car park can become very busy.

Please do not attend the surgery if you have any of the following symptoms on the day of your appointment:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have been told to isolate because you have come into contact with someone who either has coronavirus or suspected coronavirus please do not attend your appointment.

Over 50 – 64

With regards to patients in the 50 – 64 age group we are awaiting official guidance so for now we are concentrating on our at risk groups and over 65’s.

Children

Once we have sufficient supplies of the Nasal vaccinations we will contact parents and guardians to make an appointment for their child to be vaccinated.

Children eligible to have their flu vaccination in a GP practice are as follows:

  • aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions
  • aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2020 – that is, children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018

For more information about Child Flu Vaccine please visit www.nhs.uk/child-flu-vaccine