As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free jab will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.
The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.
In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of coronavirus this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu jab to reduce the risk of caregivers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.
We have already started to hold our Flu Clinics and these clinics will continue over the next few months. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff. We thank you for your cooperation is enable us to carry out these clinics in a safe and efficient manner.
- All patients will be given a set time and date to attend the surgery.
- Please let us know you have arrived by pressing the intercom buzzer on the outside wall of reception, do not enter the building until you have been authorised by a staff member to do so
- We are minimizing the amount of staff allowed in the building for your safety, therefore we may ask you to wait outside until the previous patient has left.
- Sanitize your hands at point of entry.
- Take off jacket/coat, roll up sleeve on arm you would like the vaccination in.
- The Nurse/Health Care Assistant will call you into the treatment room and ask you to stand on marker ready for your vaccination.
- You will be asked to leave using the rear exit door.
- Flu appointments are strictly for this therefore please do not ask any questions that do not relate to the flu. The clinic is strictly timed and we will be trying our best to minimise the build up of patients outside of the surgery for safety reasons.
This year the flu vaccine is being offer on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
- Pregnant women
- People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Children in Primary School who are at risk
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school) who are at risk
- Frontline health or social care workers
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 -56
Clinics for the new 2020 cohort of eligible patients aged 50-64, who do not have an ‘at risk condition’ (see NHS UK) will follow soon. These dates and times will be announced on our website.