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Influenza Vaccination 2021/22 SHORTCUT ivy.gs/flu

1. Check flu eligibility Skip to 2. Check flu dates

Download the official information booklet .

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Eligible for a flu jab at the surgery

Long term lung conditions

  • Asthmatics who take regular inhaled or oral steroids or who have had hospital admissions for asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung fibrosis
  • Pneumoconiosis (Dust)
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Long term heart or circulation conditions

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack, angina and other ischaemic heart disease
  • Peripheral vascular (circulation) disease
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
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Long term neurological (brain/nerve) conditions

  • Stroke
  • TIA ('mini-stroke')
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Dementia
  • Spinal disease or paralysis affecting lung function
  • Myaesthenia
  • Learning disability - download an information leaflet
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Long term kidney conditions

  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney impairment
  • Kidney transplant
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Long term liver conditions

  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver transplant
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Endocrine (hormonal) conditions

  • Diabetic patients on diet only, oral drugs or injections
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Addison's disease (lack of natural body steroids)
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Reduced immunity due to medical conditions or drugs

  • No spleen (e.g. due to injury or illness)
  • On long term steroids
  • On cytotoxic or immunity suppressing drugs e.g., rheumatoid arthritis injections, active or recent cancer treatment
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Coeliac disease (wheat intolerance)
  • Systemic lupus
  • Certain blood disorders and blood cancers
  • Patient on NHS Shielded List
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Pregnant women

  • All currently pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
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Age or circumstance

  • NEW Anybody aged 50-64 years (only after all at-risk patients have have had their opportunity for a jab)
  • Anybody aged 65 years and over including those becoming 65 by March 31st 2021 (date of birth on or before March 31st, 1957)
  • Long stay residential care homes patients
  • Carers who are in receipt of a carer's allowance, main carers, or those carers who regularly look after a person whose welfare would be at risk if they (the carer) become ill
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider
  • Health and care staff employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider
  • Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments and/or Personal Health Budgets (such as personal assistant) to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users
  • Morbidly obese patients (BMI of 40 or above)
  • Consideration will be given to vaccinating those who are in the same household as someone with a severely suppressed immune system - cases will be considered individually and vaccination is not guaranteed
  • Children aged 2 to 3 years (date of birth between September 1st 2017 and August 31st 2019 inclusive) - download an information leaflet
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Not eligible for a flu jab at the surgery

NB: May be eligible for a flu jab with employer or at school

Frontline health and social care workers to be vaccinated by their employer

  • All frontline health and social care workers employed by other organisations not listed above should receive a vaccination from their employer, in order to meet their responsibility to protect their staff and patients and ensure the overall safe running of services
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Previous conditions with full recovery or which are now stable

  • Patients who have previously had chest infections with no residual long term problems are not at any more risk of respiratory complications from developing flu than that of the general population
  • Patients who have previously had treatment for cancer and are now either recovered or stable with no active ongoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment
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Babies under 6 months of age

  • Flu jabs are not recommended in children in this age group even in the presence of at-risk conditions
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Children to be vaccinated at school

  • All primary school children and years 7 to 11 of secondary school (date of birth between September 1st 2006 and August 31st 2017 inclusive) will be invited separately and vaccinated at school - download an information leaflet (NB: children with at-risk conditions can be vaccinated at the surgery if wished)
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Non-eligible patients wishing the flu jab privately

  • Unfortunately, though we would be happy to do so, unfair and restrictive clauses in our contract mean that, unlike pharmacies and supermarkets, we are not permitted to offer flu jabs to any of our non-eligible patients privately - if you wish to challenge this, please contact your MP
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INFORMATION ABOUT ELIGIBILITY

Department of Health guidance forms the main basis for the eligibility criteria shown above. Criteria are subject to change according to latest medical guidance and eligibility for flu jabs is at the discretion of the doctor based on his or her clinical judgement

2. Check flu dates Skip to 3. Book your jab

Flu clinic dates have been confirmed. Please save the dates:

  • Sunday October 10, 2021 - flu clinic no. 1
  • Saturday October 16, 2021 - flu clinic no. 2
  • Sunday October 24, 2021 - flu clinic no. 3

UPDATE TO FLU CLINIC DATES

You may notice the above dates are different from those previously advertised. This is due to the largest supplier of flu vaccines to GPs reporting unforeseen road freight challenges and a delay in deliveries. We therefore had to reschedule clinics to the above dates.

We encourage eligible patients to make themselves available for the above dates.

Please support your local surgery by having your flu jab with us!

50-64 year olds who do not have at-risk clinical conditions will be offered a flu vaccination this year, however this will only be if we have stocks left after vaccinating our at-risk patients.

Certain groups will also be eligible for a covid vaccination booster during flu season, we await further developments in this area and will inform you in due course.

3. Book your jab Skip to 4. Flu clinic procedure

During the pandemic we need to maintain social distancing and carefully monitor flu stocks, therefore all eligible patients receiving an invite are required to book an appointment for a flu jab.

Please do not attend surgery to book a flu jab

We know you want to ensure you get a flu jab, but please do not come to surgery or front desk unnecessarily, as we need to maintain the safety of our staff and other patients.

Please pick one of the following two options to book your flu jab:

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Book an appointment online if you have had an invite

This is the preferred method of booking

1/ Please complete our online form or type the shortcut ivy.gs/bookjab to go to the form directly. If the form does not open properly below, please click here .

2/ We will review your response and text or email you back with an allocated appointment slot.

3/ We limit the maximum number of form submissions each day so that we can process requests and also continue to manage day-to-day clinical work. If you find the form is closed, please try again later as the form will re-open for submissions on a daily basis.

4/ After booking, please review the flu clinic procedure below.

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Ring for an appointment if you have had an invite

Please note that the phones are extremely busy

1/ Please ring us on 01773 514130 after midday only. Plese note that we are extremely busy and therefore the phones are extremely busy and there may be a delay in answering or responding to your call. Please bear with us during this time - we will aim to get round to everybody in due course.

2/ After booking, please review the flu clinic procedure below.

4. Flu clinic procedure Skip to 5. Support us

  • You must not attend if you are unwell, have a fever, have coronavirus symptoms, been told to self-isolate or are awaiting the result of a covid test - please rebook when you are well or out of self-isolation
  • Please attend alone where this is possible
  • Please arrive at your booked appointment time - do not come too early or at a random time as we do not want any overcrowding
  • You will need to wear a face covering which covers your nose and mouth
  • You will need to queue with strict social distancing using a one-way route through the building
  • Seating will generally not be available in order to reduce infection control risk - if you think you will struggle with this, please highlight to our reception staff when booking your appointment
  • In inclement weather, if queuing outside the building, you are advised to wear suitable clothing and/or have an umbrella if raining
  • You will need to maintain social distancing throughout as you get your coat/top layers off and arm exposed whilst in the waiting room
  • You will be directed into available consultation rooms in an orderly fashion
  • Once vaccinated, you will leave consultation rooms and exit via the fire exit to the car park in an orderly fashion
  • Please heed the instruction of our staff who are supervising the flow of patients - they are there to ensure everyone's safety

5. Support us Go back to start

  • We know that other providers like pharmacies and supermarkets offer flu jabs to our patients
  • Like all other GP practices, we rely on funding from each flu jab we give to help cover running costs and to keep the practice viable and maintain services
  • Every single flu jab you have elsewhere means loss of funding for your GP surgery, which puts them even more at risk
  • You might be told by other providers that they are giving flu jabs to you to help ease your GP's workload - this is definitely not the case! We are more than capable of administering thousands of flu jabs each year as we have been doing for decades
  • Therefore please support your local surgery by having your flu jab with us
  • By choosing us, you will be vaccinated in a properly equipped consulting room or treatment room by a qualified member of our Nursing or GP Team; who will have access to your medical records and are properly equipped for emergencies
  • By having your flu jab with us, you are ensuring that crucial resources stay with your GP surgery
  • If you are eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS but an outlet offers you an earlier jab if you pay a fee, please be aware that this is completely inappropriate
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