Who Is At Risk?
- Shielded Patients
- If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
- If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
- If you have chronic heart disease
- If you have chronic renal disease
- If you are diabetic
- If you have a weak immune system
- If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
- If you have a chronic liver disease
- If you are a carer
"Fight the Flu”
What you need to know about 2020/2021 flu vaccination campaign
This year like every other year the Government are encouraging patients to have their flu vaccination for the older and more vulnerable patients this can be done free of charge at your surgery. 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.
How do I get an appointment for my flu vaccination?
This year it important we ensure all vulnerable patients and elderly receive this first. We will be inviting all eligible patients by letter, asking you to make your appointment. Vaccines are delivered to us in throughout September and October,. We will be sending letters staggered throughout this period. This will ensure we get to the right patients at the right time. Patients will not be able to book a flu vaccination appointment without first receiving the invitation letter from us. The letter you will receive will carry a unique barcode which you will need to bring to your appointment. This will enable our team to check your details and offer the vaccination
When do I get my flu vaccine?
We are running appointment only clinics from Saturday 12th September 2020 for the over 65’s group. it is imperative we vaccinate our older (over 65 ) groups who are more vulnerable or have been shielding through the pandemic first. Following on in October we will continue with Appointment only clinics moving to the under 65’s with long term conditions
When I get my letter how do I book my appointment ?
Once you have received a letter from the practice inviting you for your flu vaccination, please call the surgery on 01524511999 and select option 2. This will then take you to our dedicated team to book your appointment.
When are vaccinations available from?
We start to receive the over 65’s vaccines early September. The under 65 ‘s vaccine will not be delivered until October. For the new cohort of patients announced by the Government 50 -64 range we are awaiting information as to how this group will be called we will update this as soon as we know
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.
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. The plan of a walking surgery are in place and patients will follow a line observing social distancing rules you will enter through one door and leave by a different one. Our staff will be wearing correct PPE and will be checking all patients’ temperatures on arrival. Details of instructions we need our patients to follow are on the letters patients will receive.
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. There is no ovalbumin-free flu vaccine available at BMG but some local Pharmacies may have the cell based flu vaccine.