Flu Clinics 2020
As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free jab will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.
The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.
In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of coronavirus this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu jab to reduce the risk of caregivers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.
We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the next few months. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff
Due to the social distancing required and the increased infection control procedures that need to be followed we are not able to invite as many patients to each clinic this year.
From mid-September onwards we will be writing to all of our eligible patients, that are in the groups below, with dates and times for their appointment along with some guidelines of what to expect on the day of your vaccination.
As this is a change to how we have previously run our flu clinics, it has been extremely difficult to calculate how many clinics that we will need to provide but you can be assured that we will provide as many clinics as needed.
If you are coming to see a doctor or a nurse, and are eligible for the NHS free flu vaccination, then they will be happy to give you the injection at this appointment saving you having to come along to one of the flu clinics. Please feel free to ask the doctor or nurse about the vaccination during your appointment.
Shielding patients – We will be holding clinics for our clinically vulnerable patients who have been shielding from coronavirus. These patients will be amongst the first to be contacted by us alongside any family members they live with who are also registered as a patient with us. This is so we can prioritise the members of our community who are the most vulnerable, including members of their household.
These clinics will by invitation only. If you are on our shielding list, you will receive a letter from us with details of your appointment times.
This year the flu vaccine is being offer on the NHS to
- Adults 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
- Pregnant women
- People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Children in Primary School
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school)
- Frontline health or social care workers
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 – 64
Clinics for the new 2020 cohort of eligible patients aged 50-64, who do not have an ‘at risk condition’ (see NHS UK) will follow after the groups above. This is expected to be late November and December. These dates and times will be announced on our website. Please do not contact the surgery about appointments for the flu vaccination if you are within this group