Flu 2020

Key Dates

  • Week commencing 7th September

    Child flu clinics start

  • Week commencing 14th September

    Adult flu vaccines arrive in the Practice

  • Week commencing 21st September

    Adult flu clinics and housebound flu visits start

Appointments for this year are now OPEN

Book your flu appointment

Appointments for flu vaccines are being offered in set clinics this year with booked appointment slots; due to the risk posed by Covid-19 we will not be offering any flu drop-in sessions.

 

What to expect at your appointment

When you come for your appointment please attend alone or with no more than 1 other person if you need to.

When you arrive at the practice, a member of our team will greet you at the door to ask you some screening questions and check your temperature – please do not attend your appointment if you feel unwell or have symptoms of Covid-19; new continuous cough, fever (feeling hot and uncomfortable), a loss or change in your taste and/or sense of smell.

Where are appointments being held?

People who are eligible to receive a flu vaccine do so because they are more clinically vulnerable or live with someone who is.

To minimise the risk to patients we will be offering flu appointments in our planned care sites only:

  • Great Bridge Health Centre
  • Mace Street Clinic
  • Regis Medical Centre
  • Whiteheath Medical Centre

You can attend whichever site is most convenient for you

You should have the flu vaccine if you:

  • are 65 years old or over
  •  are pregnant
  •  have certain medical conditions
  •  are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  •  receive a carers allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be at risk if you fall ill
  • live with someone is at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect be with them on most days over winter

For full details on who can have a flu vaccine, please visit the NHS website

In the autumn/winter of 2020 to 2021, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:

  • children aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2020 – that is, children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018
  • all primary school children
  • all year 7 children (secondary school)
  • children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions

Where will my child be vaccinated?

The practice is able to vaccinate:

  • children with a long-term health condition aged from 6 months to under 18 years
  • children aged 2 or 3 years on the 31st August 2020

 

If your child does not have a long-term health condition, primary school aged children up to Year 7 will be offered a vaccine at school.

If your child misses this vaccination at school, you must contact the school to arrange for them to have it at another time.

Full details on the child flu vaccine can be found on the NHS website

People who usually have their flu vaccine given to them at home will be contacted directly to arrange the best time for a member of our nursing team to visit.

If are unable to have your flu vaccination at the practice you can go to any community pharmacy and have it there – if you are in one of the eligible groups you will not have to pay.

The pharmacy will let us know that you have had your vaccine so that we can update your records.

People in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.