Flu 2021

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:

  • all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021
  • those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • those aged 50 years and over
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline health and social care staff employed by:
    • a registered residential care or nursing home
    • registered domiciliary care provider
    • a voluntary managed hospice provider
    • Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants.

Please note that booster vaccinations for COVID-19 will still be administered at the Allum Hall Vaccination Centre for non-housebound patients and you will be called separately for these vaccinations.

All patients eligible for the flu vaccination will receive a text, email or letter advising them to attend our walk-in clinics or book a mid-week appointment.

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

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. Healthcare settings still have to follow strict COVID Infection Control guidelines. This means that the clinics will be slightly different from previous years, with social distancing still in place inside and outside the building and a more regimented process during the clinics. Please help our staff and Practice by cooperating with our protocols. Thank you. 

CLINICS & BOOKING APPOINTMENTS

Due to problems with the delivery of Flu vaccinations from some suppliers, we have been forced to stagger our clinics.

We will be offering weekend walk in Flu clinics on selected dates between September and December, and we will also be offering some mid-week bookable Flu clinics throughout the season.

Walk In Clinic

Saturday 25th September 8.30 – 11.30am

This will be a walk-in clinic for all patients aged eligible to the Flu jab (please note this will not be for nasal flu).

Further walk in clinics dates to be confirmed (due to staggered deliveries these may not be until November)

 

Booked Saturday Clinic

Saturday 6th November 8.30 - 11.30am

This will be by appointment only - Please call reception to book an appointment.

There will be some Nasal Flu appointments available for Children

 

Children (Nasal Spray) – We are now taking bookings for children nasal spray for all 2 - 3 year olds and all patients in a clinical at risk group.

For children aged 4 - 15 years old, flu nasal sprays will be administered by the School Aged Immunisation Service usually in the childs schools. You can contact the service on the number and email below:

01727 732062

hct.immsenquiries@nhs.net

Website for more details - https://www.hct.nhs.uk/our-services/hertfordshire-and-east-anglia-community-and-school-age-immunisation-service/

Bookable Weekday Clinics – We have now released dates for mid week flu clinics. Please call our reception team to book an appointment at one of the clinics

Housebound Patients – Central London Community Health (CLCH) will be visiting our housebound patients this year to administer Flu and COVID vaccines. These visits will begin in mid-October.

QUEUEING FOR FLU CLINICS

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.

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 or between designated times for walk in clinics.
  • 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?
  • Any patient with COVID symptoms will not be allowed into the queue and Practice and should self-isolate and arrange for a PCR test

 

RESOURCES

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

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

Children’s 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/

HOW TO DECLINE

If you already know that you don’t want a flu vaccine at all, please email the surgery with your name, date of birth and the advise that that you would like to ‘Decline Flu Vaccination in 2021’ to let us know: thegrove@nhs.net