Flu Vaccinations

Flu Vaccination 2020/21

We offer a Flu vaccination service to those of our patients who meet NHS eligibility criteria

Reception will be able to advise you on your eligibility for vaccination, you do not need to wait to get an invitation.  Invitations are sent mainly by text and email - please ensure we have your correct contact details.

All vaccinations will be given via Flu Clinic appointments (no drop-in clinics)

If you contact Reception they will book you in to the appropriate appointment to receive the correct vaccine for your age group.

Please scroll down for important information regarding vaccinations this year, including Frequently Asked Questions

 

Covid-19: Important Information

The following guidance has been established to support infection control and ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We thank you for your co-operation.

  • DO NOT attend your flu appointment if you have a temperature, cough, flu like symptoms or a loss of taste or smell. Temperature checks may be taken before entering the building and if a patients temperature is raised they will be asked to rebook the appointment.
  • Please wear a face covering
  • DO NOT arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time. Waiting will take place in a socially distanced queue outside the building, 12 patients will be allowed into the waiting room at a time in accordance with their appointment time.
  • Only the patient may enter the building, no other person unless a carer or parent is required
  • DO NOT bring shopping or extra bags with you

Arriving for your Flu Appointment

Car parking is limited, please use roadside parking where possible.

  • Do not arrive more than 5 minutes early
  • Wait to be allowed into the building
  • Please check in at reception, remove all outer garments so that your arm is bare
  • You will be called into a clinic room by a nurse or health care assistant who will be wearing full PPE
  • After your flu vaccination you will be directed to a back or side door exit

Please use toilet facilities at home, restricted facilities are available on site

Vaccination aged 18 and over

Adult Flu vaccination

Please see the NHS website for more information about adult Flu vaccination.   

There are different Flu vaccines available for different age groups as shown in this NHS 2020/21 poster.  Our initial stocks of Sanofi QIVe (18-64yrs) and Seqirus aTIV (65+) vaccine are now depleted - remaining vaccinations will be given with FluBlok QIVr (see 50-64yrs).  We understand this is not suitable for anyone aged 65 or older so we are no longer offering Flu vaccination to this age group - this may be available fom your local pharmacy if still required.

Pneumococcal vaccination and/or Shingles vaccination will be offered in the same appointment if you are eligible - for more information including safety & efficacy of these vaccines, see the Vaccine Knowledge Project pages for Shingles vaccine and Pneumococcal (PPV) vaccine

 

50-64 yrs flu vaccination 2020/21

As of 1/12/2020, all 50-64 year olds are eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu this winter, during the Covid-19 pandemic.  We have now been supplied with additional vaccination stock and appointments are available.

If you are in this age group you can now contact us to book for vaccination - you do not have to wait until an invitation is sent. 

Some appointments are being made available for online booking - appointments booked incorrectly will be cancelled.

The Flu vaccine for this age group is FluBlok which is egg and gelatin free

Vaccination for Under 18's

Child Flu immunisation 

Flu vaccine for children is usually given in the form of a nasal spray - for alternative vaccination options, see the next section.

School Flu service:  Immunisation will be offered to children of reception and primary school age, and, for the first time this year (2020) to children in Year 7.  This should be provided between October to December - see the NSCP website for more information.  If missed at school please call 01275 373104 to arrange for your child to attend a NSCP clinic (booking essential) - we cannot vaccinate healthy school aged children in the practice.

GP service:  Flu immunisation to all children aged 2 and 3 years old on 31/8/20 and children in at risk groups aged between 6 months and 17 years of age.  Primary school age children with clinical risk factors are not invited initially as vaccination available at school - we can vaccinate if you choose to attend here however we are prioritising invitation of under 4's and 12-17 year olds in high risk groups due to limited vaccine availability. 

For more information on Child Flu vaccination see the NHS website and/or the Nasal Flu Vaccine page from the University of Oxford Vaccine Knowledge Project (a World Health Organisation approved site which includes information about vaccine safety and efficacy)

Alternative to Nasal Flu Vaccine for Children

Nasal flu vaccine contains a highly processed form of porcine gelatine - this has been ruled by Jewish and some Muslim religious authorities as permitted treatment.

It has a very low egg content and is considered safe for children with egg allergy except where there is a history of severe anaphylaxis to eggs which has previously needed treatment in intensive care - these children should be referred to specialists for immunisation in hospital. 

The nasal spray contains live virus therefore it is not suitable for children who are severely immunocompromised.  Children who have been vaccinated with the nasal spray should avoid close contact with people who have very severely weakened immune systems (for example, bone marrow transplant patients requiring isolation in a protective environment) for about two weeks following vaccination. If it is not possible for a child to avoid contact with someone who is severely immunosuppressed (for example, because they live in the same house), the child should not receive the nasal flu vaccine.

At risk children

If a child is at high risk from one or more medical conditions or treatments and can’t have the nasal spray, the child will be offered an alternative flu vaccination by injection. 

There is a limited supply of the alternative vaccine, which is less effective than the nasal spray for healthy children, so children at risk will be prioritised for this vaccine.

 

 

School age children

In order to prevent localised outbreaks in the 2020/21 flu season, an inactivated flu vaccine may be offered to those children whose parents refuse the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) due to the porcine gelatine content but it would not be available until November and only then if there was sufficient stock.

These children remain the responsibility of the school immunisation service. Please note children in at risk groups can be vaccinated in either setting, ie by GP or School Provider.

We have been told that this alternative vaccine can now be provided (last updated 20/11/2020) so if required please contact the School Flu Service on tel. 01275 373104 who should now be able to offer this to you.

2-3 year olds

In order to prevent localised outbreaks in the 2020/21 flu season, an inactivated flu vaccine may be offered to those children whose parents refuse the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) due to the porcine gelatine content.

GPs were asked not to provide the alternative vaccine before November to healthy children, because children at risk must be prioritised.  However we have now been told that this alternative vaccine can be provided (last updated 20/11/2020) dependent on there being sufficient vaccination stock.

Flu vaccination this year is more important than ever

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Frequently Asked Questions

It looks like I am ineligible for vaccination under NHS criteria, can I still be vaccinated? 

Flu vaccination can be obtained privately via most major supermarket and pharmacy chains if you are aged 16 and over and is relatively inexpensive.  Some of these providers also offer private nasal flu vaccination for children. 

If you have a clinical condition and you believe you should qualify for an NHS vaccination but our system is not showing you as eligible, please speak to your GP - if they agree that there is a clinical risk, we can provide vaccination.  Vaccination can also be provided in this way for our patients who are living with an immunocompromised individual who would be at risk should they catch flu. 

I can't get to the surgery, can I have vaccination at home?

Where a community nurse is regularly visiting, they will normally provide Flu/Pneumo/Shingles vaccination - please ask your nurse directly regarding arrangements. 

If we had you registered as housebound by October 2020 we will have arranged to visit to administer Flu vaccination - we have now completed our housebound flu vaccinations for 2020/21. 

If we do not have you recorded as housebound we would ask you to attend a surgery-based clinic for vaccination.

Do you provide Flu vaccinations for carers? 

The government currently allows carers delivering a Health & Social Care service to receive vaccination at your GP practice on presentation of proof of this employment.  It is best to first check with your employer in case they have made different arrangements.

If you are in receipt of carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an elderly/disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill, we can vaccinate you on the NHS if you are a registered patient with us and have also registered with us as a Carer.

I have asthma, am I eligible for Flu vaccination? 

Possibly not - only severe asthmatics are eligible (steroid issued/hospital admission in the last 12 months).  If you have had an Asthma review in the last year but haven't been invited for Flu vaccination, or been told you aren't showing as eligible when you have enquired, you will not be able to receive vaccination under the NHS.

If you haven't had an Asthma review in the last 12 months and are experiencing asthma symptoms please book for a review.  Any medication prescribed as a result may make you eligible for vaccination - the asthma nurse will be able to advise you if so.

I do not want the Flu vaccination, please can you stop inviting me?  

We have a responsibility to invite at-risk patients every year but once you have declined vaccination that year, we should not invite you again - please ask any staff member to record this on your notes. 

You would be invited again the following year so if you do not want any further invites, please make this clear to us in writing so we can add this note to your record.  A manual process is needed each year to remove from invitation so this may not be foolproof.