The practice has an annual programme for seasonal influenza vaccinations which ordinarily start in the autumn and run throughout the winter.
The flu jab is offered to people who are at greater risk of developing serious complications from flu. To stay protected, they need to have it every year.
It is usually recommended you have a flu jab if you:
- are 65 or over
- have a serious medical condition such as chronic chest problems, chronic heart, liver or kidney disease
- are immuno-suppressed
- are diabetic
- are pregnant
- live in a residential or nursing home
- are the main Carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- are a healthcare or social care professional directly involved in patient care
The flu clinics are usually by appointment only, and patients in the above categories can expect to receive an invitation by post or text. We do not ordinarily run drop-in clinics.
Current 2020/21 Service
Due to the COVID pandemic the plan for the new vaccination season has been a challenge this year. We are asking for your co-operation in making sure the flow of patients through the surgery is smooth and everyone is safe.
The vaccines are arriving in batches throughout September and October, healthy patients aged between 50-64 will have to wait until at least November for their vaccination. There are 3 different vaccines, an over 65, under 65 and under 16, the clinics will be organised by age so as to make sure there are no errors. This means spouses/partners/carers may not be able to have their vaccination at the same time.
We have to be very strict about making sure the right people get the vaccination as there is a limited supply, please see the latest criteria:
The following plan has been made with COVID-19 safety in mind. Please let us know if any of it presents a problem for you:
- Flu clinics are appointment only
- Cancel your appointment if you have a temperature, new cough or have lost your sense of smell or taste
- Wear a face covering
- Please stick to the social distancing rules
- You will be given a 15 minute time slot, please keep to that slot and don’t come early or late.
- Please wear short sleeves and be prepared to shed jackets, jumpers, coats etc. in the waiting room.
- Bring your own hand sanitiser
- Be prepared to queue, if you have trouble standing for any length of time, please make the receptionist aware when you arrive for your appointment.
- Come on your own unless your companion also has an appointment at the same time or you are unable to manage on your own.
- The toilet facilities will not be available
- There will be no opportunity to talk to the HCA/nurse about other issues