Flu Vaccination 2020/21

Last Updated: Tuesday 8th September 2020

If you are eligible for a flu vaccination this year you will receive a text or letter throughout September 2020 advising you that you are eligible for a flu vaccination this season.

If you would like to book a flu clinic appointment, then please call the practice after 10am to arrange this.

 

How can I find out if I am eligible for the flu vaccination this flu season?

The following individuals are eligible for the flu season this flu season:

  • An adult aged 65 or over
  • A child aged 2 or 3 (children at school will receive the vaccine at school)
  • A person of any age in an at-risk group. At-risk groups include pregnant ladies, people with certain medical conditions, carers or a frontline health or social care worker.

More information on the at-risk groups can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine.

In addition this year if you have been informed by the NHS that you are a high-risk COVID-19 patient you and the individuals in your household are also entitled to the flu vaccination.

 

I am aged 50 to 64 with no other medical conditions and have been told I can have the flu vaccination this flu season?

If you are aged 50 to 64 and not in a clinical at-risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.

 

I have had the flu clinic elsewhere do I need to let the practice know?

Please be assured that we have ordered enough additional stock for all of our patients. However, if you have the vaccine at a pharmacy we will be notified directly by them.

Alternatively, if you have the flu vaccine at another location (such as at work), then please inform us by submitting an admin eConsult. Within the eConsult, please include the date you were vaccinated and where this took place. If possible, please also let us know the manufacturer and batch number. We will then record this onto your medical record.

 

How do I decline the flu vaccination for this flu season?

Please note, we are required to offer the flu vaccination to all our eligible patients, regardless of whether they have declined the vaccination in a previous year. Therefore, whilst we recommend that all eligible patients have the flu vaccination, if you wish to decline the flu vaccination this year, please inform us via a reply to the text or letter. Alternatively, you can complete an admin eConsult. The decline will then be coded on your records and you will not receive any further communication from us regarding this until next flu season.

 

Where will the clinics take place?

All patients (both from Blackthorn Health Centre and Bursledon Surgery) will be vaccinated at Blackthorn Health Centre. If there is a change to this, you will be notified before your appointment.

 

When are the flu clinics this year?

We will be holding three Saturday flu clinics this year on the following dates:

  • Saturday 3rd October 2020 (8am to 1.30pm)
  • Saturday 31st October 2020 (8am to 1.30pm)
  • Saturday 21st November 2020 (8am to 11.30am)

In addition, to the Saturday clinics, we will also be having multiple smaller lunchtime clinics.

 

Saturday Clinic Day Instructions

If your appointment is during one of our 3 Saturday clinics, please follow the important instructions below:

  • Do not arrive early or late for your appointment time: we have allocated a strict number of patients per period to ensure that people are queueing for the minimum of time and social distancing is maintained.
  • Attend on your own unless you need help in mobilising.
  • So as to keep the traffic flowing, if you are able to please walk or cycle to Blackthorn Health Centre.
  • Please wear a face covering. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, please be prepared to provide evidence of this.
  • We encourage you not to touch anything in the practice. Bring your own hand sanitiser to use should you wish to.
  • Please follow the instructions for queuing. The queue will be controlled to ensure social distancing. If you are in a wheelchair or have very limited mobility, please make yourself known to the queue marshall.
  • We will be setting up some outside coverings, but if it is raining on the day, please come prepared with an umbrella as the queue will be outside for a short period of time.
  • Wear clothing that makes it easy to expose your upper arm and be ready when entering the surgery for your vaccination (IE coat, etc. removed).
  • Do NOT attend if you or any members of your household have symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been told to isolate. Contact us the following week and we will rebook you when you are able to leave isolation.
  • Please heed the instructions of the staff who are supervising the patient flow – they are there for your safety.

 

Child Flu Clinic Instructions

If you are bringing your child in for a flu vaccination appointment, please follow the important instructions below:

  • Do not arrive early or late for your appointment time: we have allocated a strict number of patients per period to ensure that people are queueing for the minimum of time and social distancing is maintained.
  • Please only have one parent / guardian accompany the child to the appointment.
  • So as to keep the traffic flowing, if you are able to please walk or cycle to Blackthorn Health Centre.
  • For the parent / guardian accompanying the child, please wear a face covering. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, please be prepared to provide evidence of this.
  • We encourage you not to touch anything in the practice. Bring your own hand sanitiser to use should you wish to.
  • Please follow the instructions for queuing. The queue will be controlled to ensure social distancing. If you or the child being vaccinated are in a wheelchair or have very limited mobility, please make yourself known to a member of the reception team.
  • Do NOT attend your appointment if you, your child or any other members of your household have symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been told to isolate. Contact us when you can and we will rebook you at the next available appointment when you are able to leave isolation.
  • Please heed the instructions of the staff who are supervising the patient flow – they are there for your safety.