“Fight the Flu”
What you need to know about 2020/2021 flu vaccination campaign
This year like every other year the Government are encouraging all eligible patients to have their flu vaccination and this can be done free of charge at Bay Medical Group.
This year following the Covid pandemic and the risk of further outbreaks, it is more important than ever. We are advising our patients to take this option and have your flu vaccine, protect yourself and the ones around you. It is impossible to get flu from the flu vaccine because the adult vaccine doesn’t contain live viruses.
A very small number of people experience side effects such as aching muscles, but this is simply the immune system responding to the vaccine. Seasonal flu vaccine side effects are mild or often non-existent.
Who is eligible for a FREE Flu vaccine
The flu vaccine is given to people who:
- are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2021)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- frontline health or social care workers
Are children vaccinated?
Yes some children are eligible for the free vaccination. Children in years 1 through to 7 will have their vaccination at school. Children 6 months but under 2 years who are at risk through a condition will be invited in to the surgery by letter like all the adults. Children aged 2-3 years of age on 31st Aug 2020 will also be eligible for the nasal flu vaccine. This will begin in September. Please do not call for an appointment until you receive a letter requesting you do so.
How do I get an appointment for my flu vaccination?
We will be inviting all eligible patients by: text for those patients with a mobile number registered on our system and by letter for those without, asking you to make your appointment. If you have a smartphone we will offer you the chance to book your own appointment through the MyGP app which is very simple and convienient and convenient avoiding the need to ring the already busy main surgery line. If you do not have a smartphone you will need to ring the main surgery line and press option 2 for our dedicated flu team.
Vaccines will be delivered to us in throughout December and January, so invites by text or letters will be staggered throughout this period. This will ensure we get to the right amount of patients for each clinic.
How do I download the MyGP app and book an appointment?
Go to your app store for example Play Store, Google Play or Apple Store and download it. Then all you have to do is enter your mobile number we have on record for you and your date of birth. ( If we don`t have your correct number it will not recognise you, so please inform the surgery of your correct number.)You will be sent a 4 digit code to your text box, to verify this is you, then you be will encouraged to change this to a 4 digit pin of your choice. Thats it- your MyGP app is ready to use.
To book your flu appointment on the MyGP app, log in, go to the Book Flu Invite appointment button and choose the location and preferred time, then book appointment!
When do I get my flu vaccine?
We are running appointment only clinics starting on Saturday 12th December 2020 .
Is it Covid 19 safe to attend my flu appointment ?
Our teams have worked hard to produce a safe environment for our patients to attend. Our aim is for you to arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to your appointment on your own, unless you need a chaperone, to minimise cross contamination. We will be placing arrows on the floor showing you which way to go whilst observing social distancing rules. You will enter through one door and leave by a different one. Our staff will be wearing correct PPE.
I have an Egg allergy can I have the vaccination ?
Adults with egg allergy can be immunised in any setting using: the quadrivalent inactivated flu vaccine has an ovalbumin content less than 0.12 µ g/ml (equivalent to <0.06 µ g for 0.5 ml dose) is suitable for these patients. Adults with either severe anaphylaxis to egg which has previously required intensive care, or with both egg allergy and severe uncontrolled asthma should be referred to specialists for immunisation in hospital.
Patients who have egg allergies are advised to ring the surgery rather than book online and advise the Flu team , we may be able to provide an egg free option.