Flu Vaccinations 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
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 -56
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.
External websites for further information
- Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England – National Flu Immunisation Programme 2020 – 2021
- NHS UK Who should have the flu vaccine?
- Flu vaccine overview – NHS UK
- Children’s flu Vaccine – NHS UK
- Flu vaccine FAQs – NHS UK
- Vaccination tips for parents – NHS UK
This year because of COVID -19 we have had to change the way in which we operate our flu clinics.
The team have been extremely busy trying to plan our clinics to ensure the safety of everyone, whilst at the same time dealing with the increased numbers of people we have to vaccinate so please be patient and work with us at this challenging time for everyone.
By choosing to have your flu Vaccination at the practice you are helping support the practice. Any profit from the flu vaccinations goes into developing patient services at the practice, so thank you for supporting your practice.
There are 2 different flu vaccinations for adults
- Flu vaccination for over 65’s
- Flu vaccination for under 65’s
We will be vaccinating the over 65’s first due to COVID-19 affecting the elderly population
- Friday 28th August 2020, 13:00 to 16:00 – Taddington Road Surgery
- Saturday 12th September 2020, 08:30 to 14:00 – Wilson Street Surgery
- Sunday 13th September 2020, 08:30 to 14:00 – Wilson Street Surgery
- Saturday 3rd October, 08:30 to 12:00 – Wilson Street Surgery. This is for over 65s and under 65s in an at risk category.
These are drop in clinics for patients’ age 65 years and over.
We will send you regular text reminders.
Under 65 patients and patients “at Risk”
We will start the under 65 vaccinations and the “At risk“ patients programme in October (further details to follow).
Patients in Care Homes
The practice will be arranging flu vaccinations for all of their patients in care homes.
Patients who are truly housebound can book on a home visiting list. Please telephone us as usual and let us know that you need to be added to this list.
Due to the increased amount of home visits, we ask that access to the property is made easily and patients are ready to be vaccinated to reduce time and risk for both the patient and clinician.
Attending a flu vaccination appointment
The flu clinics will be held outside in gazebos. We hope for clement weather, but please come prepared!
Please think about what you should wear. We need to get to the top of your arm. Please be ready with your arm exposed so we can immunise you as speedily as possible
Wherever possible you should attend alone.
Please do not attend if you are unwell and have any signs of COVID- 19 such as a fever and/or a persistent cough, a loss of sense of taste.
There is no patient car parking available on site.
Please queue in an orderly fashion, maintaining 2m distance. Social distancing marking will be set out.
Staff will be present to help direct you at all times. If you are unsure of where you should be, ask!
Wilson Street Flu Clinic
Please queue up the entrance drive. If the queue extends out of the entrance drive, please queue down Wilson Street towards the ring road on the same side of the road as the surgery.
On leaving, please either walk towards the city centre, or cross the road and walk on the other side of Wilson Street.
Taddington Road Flu Clinic
Please queue on Taddington Road as if you were approaching from Buxton Road, on the same side of the road as the surgery.
Please leave towards the roundabout or cross Taddington road and walk up the other side.
Precautions to be taken
All clinical staff will be wearing full PPE to protect you and them.
ace coverings will be required to be worn by all patients receiving a flu vaccination
By working together we will try to help as many patients as possible alongside keeping everyone safe during the pandemic.
Thank you in advance for your co-operation