Flu Vaccinations

Our flu immunisation clinics will be held at the practice on Saturday 1st October 2022 and Thursday afternoons thereafter

This year more than ever it is vital that everyone who is eligible for the flu jab has it done. Getting this done at the practice as soon as you can is one of the most important things you can do to help the NHS, your community and indeed to protect yourself. Seasonal flu and COVID-19 viruses have the potential to add substantially to the winter pressures usually faced by the NHS, particularly if infection waves from both viruses coincide.

You may receive a letter from the national booking system inviting you to one of the local pharmacies to have a Flu jab and/or Covid Booster. We strongly urge you to have your Flu jab with the practice. The practice has knowledge of which other vaccines you require and will administer them at the same time. This is very important to protect against other disease. The practice relies on the income generated from the flu program to fund our staff in particularly our additional nurse appointments we offer. Without this income we will have to reduce some of our services. Please support the surgery by doing this.

Those eligible for NHS influenza vaccination in 2022 to 2023 include the following:

  • Those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 65 years and over
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Frontline health and social care staff
  • 50 to 64 year olds that are not in a clinically at-risk group (from 15 October 2022). The delayed start is to ensure clinical prioritisation of those most at risk from flu.

The child nasal spray flu vaccine is available to children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022 (born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020).

Our child flu clinic will be held at the practice you will be contacted for booking.

If you have received a letter from NHS inviting your child to attend, please contact the practice on 0117 968 1182 to book them in.

There are some things that we need you do when attending for your flu appointment:

  • Do NOT attend if you have symptoms of covid-19 or are self isolating
  • Do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time. It is strictly timed to allow us to maintain a safe environment and allow for appropriate staffing levels
  • Come alone or with your carer
  • Wear clothing that makes it easy for your clinician to give the jab
  • When you attend the building, you are likely to have to join a short queue.

Appointment invites will be sent out to patients via text message. Those patients without smart phones will receive an invite to book in the post. Those patients who are registered as housebound will receive a letter in the post with details of when the team will visit.

FAQs

I struggle with my walking or use a wheelchair. What plans to you have in place for this?

We will have easily identifiable staff members and marshals who will “fast track” you so you won’t have to stand too long. If you don’t have your wheelchair, we will have one available and you will be able to use. 

The weather looks bad or it is raining. Should I come?

Absolutely. We really urge you not to cancel as we have put so much resource into organising the day. We simply won’t be able to jab everyone who cancels or doesn’t turn up. It nearly always rains on flu day by the way so please be prepared!

I am clinically extremely vulnerable and I am worried about coming.

We understand that for a number of people the past 12 months have been very frightening and difficult. If you are concerned in any way about having your flu jab, then please speak to the receptionist when you book. We have delivered an extensive covid vaccination programme and believe the way we have subsequently set up the flu clinics are the safest way we can do them for you the patients and our staff. 

What if I am unable to make either of the clinic dates?

To ensure you receive your vaccine in a timely and efficient manner we strongly urge patients to make themselves available for one of the many dates available. The clinics have been set up according to vaccine supply and allowing for appropriate staffing resource to provide a safe and efficient experience. If you are unable to attend one of the dates it might mean you are waiting longer for your flu vaccine as the scheduling of additional clinics will depend on vaccine supply and staffing availability.

Published: Oct 1, 2022