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
When you arrive at the surgery, you will be greeted by our flu co-ordinator who will book you in. You will then be asked to wait in a socially distanced queue (markers are in place).
The flu co-ordinator will send you to either station one or station two which are located in the waiting room, please stay to the left of the cones whilst doing this. Once you have been given the vaccine, you will be directed out on the right side of the cones and back through the reception door.
Starting on the 3rd October 2020 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. 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 an SMS text message or phone call (if you do not have a mobile) from us with details of when the clinics will be held.
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 soon. These dates and times will be announced on our website.