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FLU CLINICS - SAVE THE DATES!

Flu planning is still underway, but preliminary dates for flu clinic are:

  • Saturday September 26, 2020 - clinic for over 65s
  • Saturday October 10, 2020 - for under 65s/catch-up
  • Monday October 5 to Friday October 9, 2020 - flu awareness week for jabs in nurse clinics

PLEASE NOTE: These dates are subject to change as we are still awaiting official government guidance on how flu vaccination should be managed this year, but given that demand is anticipated to be very high, we advise patients to save the above dates in their diaries. We will update this page as we get further news.

UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 5, 2020

On July 24, 2020, the Government announced that more patients will be eligible for a flu jab this year, including over 50s, shielded patients and their households.

How the additional stocks necessary will be made available and how support will be provided for the massive logistical problem of vaccinating half of the entire UK population whilst trying to maintain safe working practices remains to be seen.

Our understanding is that those aged 50-64 years MAY be offered vaccination subject to the at-risk groups being vaccinated first and there being sufficient supply left. With regard to additional eligible groups, we are currently working on correctly identifying such patients.

We will keep this page updated with the latest information. In the meantime, please do not contact us to make enquiries or book any appointments for jabs.

PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SURGERY

We know that other providers like pharmacies and supermarkets offer flu jabs to patients

Like all other 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

Regardless of what anybody might say, you are definitely NOT helping us by having your flu jab with someone else

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

How we think flu clinic will work this year

Coronavirus COVID-19 has meant that we have to carry out flu clinic a little differently this year. PLEASE NOTE: this process is subject to change.

Eligible groups

You can have the flu jab if you are in these groups (example conditions are shown under each category):

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
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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
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Pregnant women

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

  • Anybody aged 65 years and over including those becoming 65 by March 31st 2021 (date of birth on or before March 31st, 1956)
  • 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
  • NEW Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payment (personal bugets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users
  • Morbidly obese patients (BMI of 40 or above)
  • NEW Those who live in the same accommodation as patients on the Shielding list
  • 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 2016 and August 31st 2018 inclusive) - download an information leaflet
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Not eligible for a surgery flu jab

The following groups cannot have a flu jab at the surgery, but may be eligible elsewhere, such as from employer or school

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

  • NEW All frontline health and social care workers 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 year 7 of secondary school (date of birth between September 1st 2008 and August 31st 2016 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

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