Influenza is a virus that infects many people each year, causing severe illness and sometimes death. The flu vaccination provides the best possible protection against this unpredictable virus.
This year, we will be running our flu clinics differently to ensure that we are COVID safe.
Where possible, it will help our phone access if you book your appointment on-line. If this is not possible please telephone the surgery. Please do not attend in person to book your appointment. Please click here for information regarding Online Services
It is vital that you DO NOT attend for vaccination if you or a member of your household currently has symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are self-isolating due to contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Our flu vaccination delivery dates for over 65 year olds and under 65 year olds are staggered which is out of our control. There will be a limited amount of clinics towards the end of September/ early October with the main delivery towards the end of October.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make my appointment?
Where possible, please book your appointment online. If you are unable to do so, please telephone the surgery. Please do not attend the practice in person to book your appointment.
What will happen when I arrive?
To adhere to social distancing measures please arrive on time for your appointment, do not arrive early. We will be operating a one way system – please arrive via the main surgery entrance and check in at Reception. You will be directed to a clinical room with social distancing markings outside. Please wait in turn to be called for your appointment. Once you have been vaccinated, you will leave via the nearest fire exit.
What do I need to do?
Please wear a face mask, ensure you wash your hands before and after, DO NOT attend if you or a close contact have symptoms or have had contact with a suspected/confirmed case of Covid19. Please arrive for your appointment alone as we are limited to the number of patients accessing the surgery at any one time.
How long will it take?
Your appointment should take no longer than 5 minutes. It is helpful if you could avoid wearing layers and have your arm ready.
Will I just be offered my flu vaccination?
Even if the COVID-19 vaccine is available, we are not likely to be allowed to administer them together. We may be offering pneumonia / shingles vaccinations to those patients who are eligible. We will not be able to address any other medical/administrative queries during your visit as it is important clinics run to time so that we can maintain safe social distancing.
Who is eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine?
In 2020/21, flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
- learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- all children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
- people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
- those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group such as those with:
- all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
- people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7).
- those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
- health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
- health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users. 2. Additionally, in 2020/21, flu vaccinations might be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:
- individuals between 50-64 years, following prioritisation of other eligible groups and subject to vaccine supply
Those who do not fall within the eligible categories for a free NHS vaccination will be able to buy a flu vaccine from their local participating pharmacy.
What are the symptoms of flu?
Common symptoms of flu include a high temperature, fatigue, headache, general aches and pains and a dry, chesty cough. If you are generally fit and healthy you can usually manage the symptoms at home yourself without seeing a doctor. The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Paracetamol or ibuprofen may help lower a high temperature and relieve aches. A pharmacist will be able to provide advice on medication.
People suffering with a cold or flu should avoid going into hospital, GP practice or other health setting to reduce the chance of vulnerable people catching the virus. The flu virus can be very dangerous for the elderly and the infirm particularly if they are already sick. This is a message that applies to people coming into hospital seeking treatment and to people coming to visit relatives.
How can I help to stop spreading colds and flu?
Colds and flu are caused by viruses and easily spread to other people. Germs from coughs and sneezes survive on hands and surfaces for up to 24 hours. You are infectious until all symptoms are gone which usually takes a week or two.
You can help prevent colds and flu spreading by using tissues to ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water destroys bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light switches and door handles. It is also important to keep household items clean, including cleaning such items as cups, glasses and towels, especially if someone in your house is ill.
People with worsening symptoms or respiratory problems are advised not to visit a GP surgery or a hospital but to call their GP first or call NHS111 for further advice.