In light of the risk of flu and Covid-19 continuing to circulate this winter, it is absolutely essential that all vulnerable patients receive a flu vaccination. Your GP encourages you to receive your vaccination at the Surgery, this will ensure that you receive the correct type of flu vaccination that has been advised for your age group and will also enable the clinicians to update your medical records at the time of vaccination. If you are also eligible to receive a shingles or pneumonia vaccination, this can be arranged at the same time for you.
The Surgery has pre-ordered flu vaccinations for our eligible patient groups and invested in hundreds of extra doses again this year for those patients who are aged 50-64 and not in an at risk group. We have scheduled clinics inside and outside of our usual opening hours to accommodate our patients. This will ensure maximum protection within our community.
Flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:
- People aged 50 years or over
- Those aged from six months to less than 50 years of age, in a clinical risk group, such as those with:
- Chronic (long term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- Learning disability
- Splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- A weakened immune system due to disease (HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- All pregnant women
- Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long stay care facilities
- Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
- Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home
Pre-bookable Clinic Dates:- will commence from 1st October and will be available to book on-line via the NHS App or via your systmone online account. Alternatively, you can call the Surgery to book, please be mindful that phonelines are busy and we have patients who will be trying to get through to book urgent appointments.
As in previous years, there are different flu vaccines available for different age groups, therefore when booking online, do check the age group of the appointment slot you are booking into. Anyone who has booked incorrectly is at risk of being rescheduled.
The Surgery will also be delivering the COVID-19 Autumn booster to eligible age groups and hope to offer this alongside the flu vaccination programme during our weekend clinics. Offer of the COVID-19 booster will be dependent on vaccination delivery schedules, anyone who is eligible and does not receive their COVID booster, will be offered this during separate COVID-19 clinics.
Letters and SMS invites will start to go out to eligible patients over the coming weeks, if for any reason you do not receive your invite by 1st October and believe you are eligible, please contact the surgery who will be happy to help.
Patients who are housebound do not need to contact the surgery. Our clinical team will arrange to visit you and will be offering the flu and COVID vaccine.
For more information regarding the flu vaccine, please visit:- NHS: Flu.
For more information regarding the COVID vaccine, please visit:- GOV: Covid-19 Autumn Booster.