Flu Information 2020
Every year, from September to March, patients with certain underlying health issues, and some other patients, are offered a vaccine on the NHS, in order to help protect them against the seasonal influenza virus. More information on who is eligible for the flu vaccine can be found on the “Who should have the flu vaccine?” page on the NHS website.
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, you will be contacted by the surgery, and invited to book an appointment. You will then be able to book an appointment for a flu by calling our dedicated hotline on 07783 022376 from Monday 21/09/2020.
If you are not contacted by the surgery, but would still like to receive an influenza vaccine, this can usually be arranged with your local pharmacy. However, there will be a fee for those who are not considered to be at high risk. Please contact your local pharmacy for more information.
Please only book an appointment with the surgery for flu vaccination if you have been invited to do so.
Each year, large numbers of patients are offered appointments at the surgery for the flu vaccine, which can lead to the surgery becoming very busy. This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking our patients to co-operate with us to help keep all of our patients and staff as safe as possible. Therefore, it will be necessary that:
- Patients come to appointments alone, where possible
- Patients only attend the surgery when they have a face-to-face appointment, for example to receive a flu vaccine
- Patients arrive at the surgery promptly for their appointment
- Patients and staff maintain social distancing measures
- Patients and staff wear masks at all times in the surgery
- No seating will be available to patients during flu clinics
- During flu clinics, patients will be asked to enter through the main entrance and leave through a back exit
- Patients do not attend the surgery if they are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. This includes a new and continuous, cough, high temperature, or loss of or change in sense of taste or smell
- Any patients experiencing these symptoms should visit NHS 111 online, book online on the NHS website for a swab test and self-isolate for 10 days
We will continue to do our best to keep everybody safe during these difficult times. We hope we can count on your assistance.