Flu 2020

Flu Clinic Poster

 

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week. 

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • 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
  • children in year 7 (secondary school)
  • frontline health or social care workers 

Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64. Please check back for more information on this. 

However, if you're aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine. 

Our team have worked very hard to provide a safe plan for managing the flu clinics and are taking extra precautions due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. This means that the clinics will be slightly different from previous years, with social distancing in place in and outside the building and more regimented process during the clinics.

Due to problems with the delivery of Flu vaccinations from some suppliers, we have been forced to separate our clinics as detailed below:

  • All patients over the age of 65 (on 31st March 2021) –Flu clinics will be held from the beginning of September (see dates further down) 
  • Patients under the age of 65 (on 31st March 2021) and in an at riskgroup – Flu clinics will be held from the beginning of October (see dates further down) 
  • Children (Nasal Spray)– Now available for 2 - 4 Year Olds and at risk children.
  • Patients age between 50 and 64 (on 31st March 2021) and not in a clinical at risk group – Clinics will be held in November. Exact clinic dates TBC- Check back for updates 

***See further down the page for booking release dates and clinic dates*** 

CLINICS

 

The clinics will all be by APPOINTMENT ONLY 

So please call reception to book your appointments once they have been released for the category that you fall into (see booking appointments section for appointment release dates)  

All patients eligible for the flu vaccination would have received a text, email or letter advising them to book an appointment

Please do not call to book for a vaccination if you haven’t received communication from the Practice. 

Clinics will be held in the Practice but the queueing system will run outside of the Practice and into the car park – Halfords are kindly supporting us with this so we ask that you please park in the main shopping park car park and not outside Halfords. 

The Practice and patients will maintain social distancing during the clinics and because of this the queues will look longer than usual. Please keep 2 metres apart, wear face coverings and listen to the advice from our staff members. 

BOOKING APPOINTMENTS

 

Please call reception on 02035383959 to book your flu vaccination appointment. The release date for the appointments can be seen below:

  • All patients over the age of 65 (on 31st March 2021) BOOK FROM 24th AUGUST 
  • Patients under the age of 65 (on 31st March 2021) and in an at riskgroupBOOK FROM 7TH SEPTEMBER 
  • Children (Nasal Spray)– Now Available
  • Patients age between 50 and 64 (on 31st March 2021) and not in an at risk groupBOOK FROM DATE TBC – check back soon 

***Please do not attempt to book an appointment before the dates above as the clinics will not be on the system*** 

CLINIC DATES 2020

 

Weekend

 

Saturday 31st October           8.30-11.30am – OVER AND UNDER 65

Saturday 14th November       8.30-11.30am – OVER AND UNDER 65

 

Weekday

 

Tuesday 27th October            8.30-10.30am – Over 65 & patients in an at risk group*** AND UNDER 65'S

 

***Patients in an at risk group would have received a text, email or letter advising them to book an appointment 

ATTENDING FOR YOUR VACCINATION

 

It is very important that you read the following information to help prepare for when you attend for your vaccination:

  • Please arrive on time for your appointment.
  • You may join the queue 10 mins before your appointment time. Any earlier than this and we will have to ask you to return at your designated time
  • If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, you will have to rebook
  • Bring a face covering – All patients will need to wear these in the Practice
  • Ensure you are wearing a short sleeve t-shirt (no jumpers please). You will be asked to have your arm prepared when entering the building
  • Bring an umbrella if it is raining
  • Do not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID. This includes:
    • new, continuous cough
    • high temperature (≥37.8oC)
    • loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
    • anyone in your household has a 1) new continuous cough or 2) a high temperature or 3) loss of, or change in normal sense of taste or smell?
  • Our staff will be checking temperatures when entering the queue. Any patient with a high temperature (≥37.8oC) will need to rebook
  • Any patient with COVID symptoms should self-isolate and arrange for swab testing 

PRACTICE CLOSURES

 

Please note that the surgery main reception area and front doors will be closed between 8.30am-11am on the following dates as we are holding appointment only Flu clinics for eligible patients.

  • Monday 14th September
  • Wednesday 23rd September
  • Tuesday 29th September
  • Tuesday 19th October
  • Friday 23rd October
  • Tuesday 26th October

The Practice telephones line will still be open from 8am – 6.30pm on these dates so please call to discuss any queries or booking requests. Thank you. 

RESOURCES

For further information on Flu guidance and COVID please use the links below: 

Flu - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Childrens Flus - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/

CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/

COVID - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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