When are the clinics being held?
Our 2020 Flu Clinics will be held over 5 dates this year due to the fact that we need to follow social distancing guidelines and are therefore unable to book as many patients into a clinic at one time. The dates are:
Saturday 26 September (Over 65s only)
Saturday 03 October (Over 65s only)
Saturday 10 October (Over 65s only)
Saturday 17 October (Over 65s only)
Saturday 07 November (Over 65s only)
Saturday 14 November (Under 65s only)
Am I eligible?
The flu vaccination is offered to everyone in an 'at risk' group. These include:
- Over 65s
- Those with COPD/respiratory disease
- Those with heart disease/heart failure
- Those with chronic kidney disease
- Those with neurological diseases such as Parkinson's/Motor Neurone Disease
- Those with a learning disability
- Those with liver disease
- Those with diabetes
- Those with immune disorders such as HIV/splenectomy patients
- Those with cancer who are receiving treatment
- Those on medication that lowers immune system such as Methotrexate
- Pregnant women
- Those with a BMI over 40
- Household members of those vulnerable patients who are shielding (new addition 2020)
Reception will check your eligibility when booking as some guidelines change from year to year which means that even if you were eligible in previous years, you may not be this year. These choices are out of our control unfortunately.
If you are a social care worker you may also be eligible for the flu vaccination. When booking you will need to provide proof of employment such as your ID badge, a letter from your employer or a recent pay slip.
New Guidelines 2020 for 50-64 years old not in an at risk category:
If you’re 50-64 and don’t normally get a flu vaccine, you will be offered one if there is enough vaccine after vaccination of higher risk groups. There is no set time scale for this at present and we are awaiting further government announcements, so please do not contact the practice now, we will contact you later.
Thank you for your understanding.
How can I book?
Contact reception on 01362 852800, option 2, for queries on eligibility or to book an appointment. As mentioned above, if you are a social care worker then please come in to the desk with proof on employment at the time of booking.
We hold separate clinics for those patients who use a wheelchair or have poor mobility, please inform reception if you are one of these patients as our normal clinics will not be suitable for you to attend.
Reception can take your name if you phone and inform us that you will need to be seen in this clinic and we can contact you once we have a clinic date arranged.
Children aged under 18 will receive the nasal vaccination unless this is contraindicated.
We are unable to vaccinate children of school age (reception, year 1, year 2, year 3, year 4, year 5 and year 6) who are not in an at risk category at the surgery. This will be undertaken by the school and we are unable to make any exceptions.
Further information can be found on the NHS website on the links below: