Flu Vaccination September 2020 to March 2021

We offer a Flu vaccination service to those of our patients who meet NHS eligibility criteria

Reception will be able to advise you on your eligibility for vaccination, you do not need to wait to get an invitation.  Invitations are sent mainly by text and email - please ensure we have your correct contact details.

All vaccinations will be given via appointments: (no drop-in clinics)

If you contact Reception they will book you in to the appropriate appointment to receive the correct vaccine for your age group.

Important Information regarding your Flu Appointment

The following guidance has been established to support infection control and ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We thank you for your co-operation.

  • DO NOT attend your flu appointment if you have a temperature, cough, flu like symptoms or a loss of taste or smell. Temperature checks may be taken before entering the building and if a patients temperature is raised they will be asked to rebook the appointment.
  • Please wear a face covering.
  • DO NOT arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time. Waiting will take place in a socially distanced queue outside the building, 12 patients will be allowed into the waiting room at a time in accordance with their appointment time.
  • Only the patient may enter the building, no other person unless a carer or parent is required.
  • DO NOT bring shopping or extra bags with you.
  • Please use toilet facilities at home, restricted facilities are available on site.

Car parking is limited, please use roadside parking where possible.

What will happen when you enter the building?

  • Please check in at reception, remove all outer garments so that your arm is bare
  • You will be called into a clinic room by a nurse or health care assistant who will be wearing full PPE
  • After your flu vaccination you will be directed to a back or side door exit

Adult Flu vaccination

Please see the NHS website for more information.   

Pneumococcal vaccination and/or Shingles vaccination will be offered in the same appointment if you are eligible - for more information including safety & efficacy of these vaccines, see the Vaccine Knowledge Project pages for Shingles vaccine and Pneumococcal (PPV) vaccine

50-64 year olds requesting a flu vaccination in 20/21

Whilst we’ve received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year.

This allows us (GP’s and community pharmacists) to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.

If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December.

Child Flu immunisation 

School Flu service:  Nasal spray immunisation will be offered to children of reception and primary school age, and, for the first time this year (2020) to children in Year 7.  This should be provided between October to December - see the NSCP website for more information.  If missed at school please call 01275 373104 to arrange for your child to attend a NSCP clinic (booking essential).

GP service:  Flu immunisation to all children aged 2 and 3 years old on 31/8/20 and children in at risk groups aged between 6 months and 17 years of age.  Primary school age children with clinical risk factors are not invited initially as vaccination available at school - we can vaccinate if you choose to attend here however we are prioritising invitation of under 4's and 12-17 year olds in high risk groups due to limited vaccine availability. 

Alternative Flu Vaccine for Children

The flu vaccine is given to most children in school in the form of a nasal spray and contains a highly processed form of porcine gelatine.

If a child is at high risk from one or more medical conditions or treatments and can’t have the nasal spray, the child will be offered an alternative flu vaccination by injection.

There is a limited supply of the alternative vaccine, which is less effective than the nasal spray for healthy children, so children at risk will be prioritised for this vaccine.

School age children – delivered by your local School Aged Immunisation Provider

In order to prevent localised outbreaks in the 2020/21 flu season, an inactivated flu vaccine may be offered to those children whose parents refuse the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) due to the porcine gelatine content but it would not be available until November and only then if there was sufficient stock. These children remain the responsibility of the school immunisation service. Please note children in at risk groups can be vaccinated in either setting. (eg GP or SAI Provider)

Two to three-year olds

In order to prevent localised outbreaks in the 2020/21 flu season, an inactivated flu vaccine may be offered to those children whose parents refuse the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) due to the porcine gelatine content. This would mean waiting until November and would depend upon there being sufficient stock of the alternative vaccine. GPs should not provide the alternative vaccine before November to healthy children, because children at risk must be prioritised.

For more information on Child Flu vaccination see the NHS website and/or the Nasal Flu Vaccine page from the University of Oxford Vaccine Knowledge Project (a World Health Organisation approved site which includes information about vaccine safety and efficacy)

Frequently Asked Questions about eligibility/vaccination arrangements:

  • It looks like I am ineligible for vaccination under NHS criteria, can I still be vaccinated? Flu vaccination can be obtained privately via most major supermarket and pharmacy chains if you are aged 16 and over and is relatively inexpensive.  Some of these providers also offer private nasal flu vaccination for children.  If you have a clinical condition and you believe you should qualify for an NHS vaccination but our system is not showing you as eligible, please speak to your GP - if they agree that there is a clinical risk, we can provide vaccination.  Vaccination can also be provided in this way for our patients who are living with an immunocompromised individual who would be at risk should they catch flu.  
  • I have asthma, am I eligible for Flu vaccination?  Possibly not - only severe asthmatics are eligible (steroid issued/hospital admission in the last 12 months).  If you haven't had an Asthma review for over a year, we would advise you book that with us and the nurse will advise you further (and should be able to provide vaccination at that appointment if you are eligible and stock is available)
  • Do you provide Flu vaccinations for carers? If you are employed to deliver care please check vaccination arrangements with your employer. If you are in receipt of carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an elderly/disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill, we can vaccinate you on the NHS if you are a registered patient with us and have also registered with us as a Carer - pick up a Carers Pack from reception to register if you have not already done so.  There is a form to complete which must be returned and entered onto your record before you will be identified as eligible for Flu vaccination.
  • I can't get to the surgery, can I have vaccination at home? Where a community nurse is regularly visiting, they will normally provide Flu/Pneumo/Shingles vaccination - please ask your nurse directly regarding arrangements.  We will make arrangements to visit patients registered with us as housebound who are eligible for Flu vaccination however this is likely to be later in the Flu season (Nov/Dec).  The decision to register you as housebound rests with your GP - please ask if you would like to query your status.  In all other instances we would ask you to attend the surgery if you would like vaccination.
  • I do not want the Flu vaccination, please can you stop inviting me?  We have a responsibility to invite at-risk patients every year but once you have declined vaccination that year, we should not invite you again - please ask any staff member to record this on your notes.  You would be invited again the following year so if you do not want any further invites, please make this clear to us in writing so we can add this note to your record however a manual process is needed each year to remove from invitation so this may not be foolproof.
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