Flu clinics 2020

Update Monday 16th November –

We are not planning any more flu clinics for our patients aged 65 and over. If you fall into this age group and have not yet had your flu vaccination, please call our mainline phone number and speak to one of our care navigators to book.

Remaining eligible patients aged 18-64 – we do not currently have a delivery scheduled for additional vaccines for your age group. We expect to receive more vaccines for your age group at the END of November. Please keep checking our website for further information.

Flu season this year is much more challenging than in previous years. We must adhere to government guidance at all times to keep our patients and staff safe. The way we run our clinics is subject to change if guidance changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We ask for your continued support, understanding and help to spread the word within our community about how we will be managing our flu vaccinations this year.

The best way for us to update our patients directly is via text or email. If you wish to be contacted about our flu clinics, please make sure we have your correct contact details.

There are two main flu vaccines this year. One vaccine for the 18-64 age group and another that is recommended to give the best protection for the 65+ age group. The two vaccines are – for those aged 65 and over – the adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV). For under-65s at risk, including pregnant women – the QIVc or, as an alternative, the egg-grown quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIVe). Because there are different vaccines there will be different expected delivery dates and therefore we have separated our clinics into 18-64 years and 65+ to fall in line with expected delivery dates.

  • Flu clinics this year are not walk in, you MUST have an appointment to attend
  • The clinics will be bookable in advance
  • All appointments will be bookable via a 24 HR automated telephone system
  • All eligible patients are encouraged to attend the weekend clinics, weekday clinics will not be available
  • The clinics are bookable in sessions of 30 minutes. For example if you book an 8.30am appointment you will be seen between 8.30am and 9am.

FLU CLINICS WILL BECOME AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING VIA THE 24 HOUR AUTOMATED SYSTEM FROM MONDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

Please be patient when using the automated system, the phone will ring, and connect as soon as possible. When there is a high volume of calls to the system there can be delays. The system is accessible 24hrs a day so try again at another time if you struggle to get through.

For instructions about how to book your flu appointment please click HERE

We ask that you follow these simple steps when attending our flu clinics

             DO NOT attend if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Or if you are generally unwell
        Please wear a face covering if you are able to
            Please sanitise your hands on arrival and as you leave
           Please attend alone if possible
         Please arrive on time for your appointment
        Please wear loose clothing so your arm is easy to show for vaccination

If you have been shielding during the pandemic it is very important you have your flu vaccination.

This year, because of COVID-19 the government has announced that

  • patients aged 50-64 and
  • patients who live in the same household as a person that has been shielding during the pandemic

will be eligible for a free flu vaccine. We are prioritising our patients that are clinically eligible and those age 65+ at this time and we will advise patients that meet these new criteria of when we are able to vaccinate them later in the season. This will largely be governed by when we receive supply of vaccines.

Eligibility criteria

Patients that should have the flu vaccine:

  • are 65 years old or over
    • eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2020-21) are those aged 65 and over on 31st March 2021(that is, you were born on or before 31st March 1956).
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions –
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • are clinically obese (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • are those that are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.

Those patients that are frontline health, or social care workers employed by  – a registered residential care or nursing home, a registered homecare organisation or a hospice are eligible to have their free flu vaccine at the health centre.

The flu vaccine is also free on the NHS for:

  • children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2020 (those born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018)
  • children in primary school
  • children in the first year of secondary school

We will release information about how we will be running our child flu vaccination clinics in the coming weeks. Please keep checking the website for this information.