Flu Season 2020
Please let the Surgery know as soon as possible if you DO NOT wish to have the flu vaccination so we can update our records. This will stop further invites for this year’s campaign.
The Department of Health are recommending that we offer flu vaccinations FREE OF CHARGE to all of our patients in the following groups: those will be aged 65 before 31st March 2021, those who suffer from Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Stroke, Ischaemic Heart Disease, patients with low immunity, pregnant patients, patients who are carers, patients with a BMI over 40, and those who are shielded.
For most people, flu is nasty but not serious. Those with flu tend to experience a short period of chills, aches and pains and then a return to normal health. However, those patients over 65 or with chronic diseases, are of greater risk from the effect of flu. For them flu can increase the risk of more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst case, flu can result in a stay in hospital, or even death.
Due to restrictions as a result of COVD-19, we plan to vaccinate our patients as follows:
Those over 65 on the 31st March 2021: will be invited to attend the drive-through clinic at Middleton Lodge on the 30th September 2020. You will be given a specific time slot to attend via a letter. Please follow the instructions on the letter.
Children (Aged 2 to 10 years on the 31st August 2020): older children will receive their vaccine (via nasal spray) at school. For 2-3 year-olds, we will contact you directly to book an appointment.
In addition, in response to COVID-19, the NHS also wants to reduce the chances of those who are vulnerable to this new virus from getting flu, therefore, in addition to those who would usually be eligible, the vaccine will also be offered to the following groups:
Those living in close proximity to a patient who is shielded: It is better if you have this vaccine sooner rather than later, but we are unlikely to have enough in the surgery to give you one (we had to order our vaccines a year ago, and have not been able to increase our order). We encourage you to get this vaccine free of charge at a supermarket or local pharmacy – please make it clear that you live with a patient who is shielded.
Those aged between 50 and 64: these vaccines will not be available until November or December 2020 at the earliest, and only if supplies are sufficient nationally. Please follow national media, and our practice website, for updates. Please do not ring the surgery to ask about this.
Please contact the Surgery if you do not wish to have the flu vaccination so we can update our records and this will stop further invites for this year’s campaign.