FLU SEASON 2020-2021

FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2020-2021

FLU NEWS

 Today the Government announced that all patients over the age of 50 can get a free flu vaccine at their surgery. However, this is based only on surgeries being able to secure supplies. To enable us to plan and place an order with the vaccine supplier we will need to know in advance if you would like a flu vaccination. Please let us know by email by the 24thNovember 2020 if you would like us to try and order one. Please do not call us to book in this vaccination at the present time. We will contact you again once the vaccine arrives. 

We had our first flu clinic on the 3rd October, which was extremely successful and take up for the vaccine was far more than we have ever experienced in previous years. This has resulted in us having to cancel our next flu clinic on 17/10/20 as we are concerned that there may not be enough vaccines for those who were wanting to attend. Instead we will calling or texting those patients who were initially invited by letter. If you received a flu letter and haven't heard from us, please call our team after 10.00 am, Monday to Friday.

Patients that have yet to receive an invite and need a flu vaccine can either go to a pharmacist or ask to go on our waiting list, however we cannot guarantee we will have enough vaccines for everyone.

Below are the qualifying criteria categories that can have this vaccine for free at the surgery:

  • diabetes
  • chronic heart, lung, renal, liver disease or neurological disease
  • a suppressed immune system
  • a permanent household member with a suppressed immune system
  • asthma requiring continuous inhaled steroids, or have had an exacerbation requiring steroid tablets
  • had a stroke or TIA
  • pregnant at any stage of your pregnancy
  • if you are a carer
  • if you are 65 by 31st March 2021
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of spleen
  • Morbidly obese (BMI 40 or over)
  • Live in a long term residential care home

If you have an egg allergy, please inform the telephonist when speaking with them.

Children aged between 2-3 years on 31st August 2020, will be eligible for the nasal flu vaccine and will be invited by a text or letter. 

Children aged 4-11 years old will be eligible for the nasal flu vaccine as part of the universal programme offered in schools - this will not be provided by the surgery.

Children aged 11-17 years old that fall into an AT RISK category e.g. asthmatic or diabetic, or who have a suppressed immune system, will be eligible for the nasal flu vaccine and will be invited by text or letter to have this in the surgery.

If you are housebound or are currently unable to leave your home we will be in contact with you shortly to advise when a member of our team will visit you to administer the flu vaccinations.

The sooner you have the vaccination the sooner you are protected.