FLU Clinics 2020/21 

Update 26th November 2020

Over 65s & At Risk

Our walk through/ drive through clinics for the over 65s and high risk patients have now CLOSED. 

If you are eligible and would like to book a flu vaccine please email: fluqueries@dorsetgp.nhs.uk or call 01202 836410

50 to 64 year olds

We will be offering the flu vaccine to all patients who are 50-64 years old in-line with the latest Government guidelines.

We are awaiting further guidance from the Government. Once we have arranged these clinics we will contact all eligible patients. 

We ask that patient please wait for further instruction and do not call your registered surgery as they will not be able to advise at this time.

 

Flu Vaccine Information - Winter 20/21

Eligible patients are;

  • Anyone over 65 years on or before 31/3/2021
  • Any healthy children aged 2 or 3 years on 31/8/2020
  • Anyone in  a high risk group; chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetes, Immunosuppression, Absent spleen, Pregnant women, Body mass index >40
  • Any health care or social care worker directly involved in the care of their patients or clients, or in receipt of a carers allowance.

There has been media press about 50-64 year old's also being eligible for the flu vaccine on the NHS. This is yet to be confirmed by NHS England and we cannot currently offer this.We will contact patients directly should this become available on the NHS. In addition we are unfortunately not able to offer any private vaccination for any patients.

In addition there has  been media press regarding the Coronavirus vaccine being available in the coming months. The Adam Practice is working hard on making plans on how to deliver this when it becomes available. Again we will contact patients directly when this is the case. We have been advised the vaccine will initially only be available for patients in care homes and then all patients over 80 years with the intention to offer down the age groups as more vaccine becomes available.

Thank you for your understanding and patience


Our Flu clinics are being run offsite this year due to restrictions caused by the current Coronavirus pandemic. 

These are ‘drive-through’ clinics to maximise patient safety and minimise contact with others during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you do not drive, and are unable to be driven to the clinic by another member of your household or ‘bubble’, you can attend on foot as a 'walk-through' patient, and we will vaccinate you in a separate area with social distancing measures in place. If you are unable to get to the venue please contact your Surgery who will add you to a waiting list for local walk-through clinics at your Surgery which will take place after the drive-through clinics.

 

FAQs for patients

 

Why has it taken so long to announce the dates?

 

Due to Covid-19, we have had to make arrangements that keep all patients and staff as safe as possible when delivering Flu Vaccines, whilst delivering vaccines as efficiently as possible. This has included using different venues away from our Practices, and these arrangements have taken longer than planned to reach agreement on due to circumstances outside of our control.

 

Additionally, in previous years Flu Vaccine stock deliveries have sometimes been delayed by our suppliers and so we did not want to advertise and book clinics until we were assured that they could go ahead. Thank you for your patience.

 

Why are you doing drive-through clinics?

 

As a potential second wave of Covid-19 spreads across the country, patient safety is our top priority. Although some small walk-through clinics have taken place, with nearly 30,000 people across our Network likely to be eligible for vaccination this winter (including the 50-64 age group that has been announced by the Government) we have had to put in place a process which can handle this number of vaccinations in a safe manner.

 

A drive-through clinic enables patients to minimise their exposure to other people or buildings, and the only contact will be at your car window with key staff, who will all be wearing the appropriate PPE.

 

I am unable to book my appointment online/I am having a problem booking.

 

Please ensure you have received the appropriate code to book your vaccination.

 

ANYONE can book your slot for you, they simply need your name and, ideally, an email address to which the booking confirmation is sent through to, although a dummy email address can be used.

 

We would kindly request that you ask family, friends, carers or neighbours to book for you if at all possible to avoid queues on the telephone at your Practice during this busy time, however the reception staff can assist if you are unable to book via other means. 

 

I cannot drive, how do I get my Flu Vaccination?

 

If there is another driver in your household or your Covid ‘bubble’, please ask them to bring you to the clinic. If you cannot drive, you can attend the Port venue as a ‘walk-through’ patient, rather than ‘drive-through’ and we will ensure a safe, controlled and socially distanced environment for patients to do so using the ‘North Lounge’.

 

If you cannot get to the Port, please contact your registered surgery who will make alternative local arrangements for you 

 

I cannot attend on any of the dates currently available, will further dates be announced?

 

Yes, additional dates will be arranged and added to the same webpage – keep checking back for new dates to be added. 

If you have any queries regarding our Flu Vaccination Programme 2020 please email: fluqueries@dorsetgp.nhs.uk or telephone your Surgery.

WHO CAN RECEIVE THE FLU VACCINATION ON THE NHS?

In 2020/21, flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:

1.       all children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020 - please note school aged children will be vaccinated by their school vaccination programme NOT by their GP Practice.

2.       people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)

3.       those aged from six months to less than 65 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

·       diabetes

·       splenic dysfunction or asplenia

·       a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)

·       morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)

4.       all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)

5.       household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable

6.       people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7).

7.       those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill

8.       health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.

 

Flu vaccinations might be offered to individuals between 50-64 years old, however this will be following prioritisation of other eligible groups and subject to vaccine supply.

If you do not fall into any of these categories, but are worried about contracting flu during the winter, either  speak to your GP for advice or visit NHS Choices website - www.nhs.uk

 

NOTE TO PARENTS: If your child is under 16 years and will be attending immunisation accompanied by another family member (e.g. Grandparent), you MUST give us your signed consent . Without this consent, we shall be unable to vaccinate your child until it has been obtained. Please click here to download the consent form - or ask for a copy at reception.

 

If you are not entitled to receive a free flu vaccination, you may pay for it privately. Private Flu vaccinations are offered by pharmacies such as Boots, Tesco, Asda or other local pharmacies. For more information please click HERE

 

INFLUENZA

In most cases there is nothing to worry about. Within a week with rest and treatment from your pharmacist you should start to feel better. 

This year Public Health England is concerned over the increased number and severity of Flu cases. If you are pregnant, over 65, have a long term medical condition, or a weakened immune system, you may be at risk of severe illness and/or complications.

Current guidance from the Department of Health asks GP's to consider the use of specific antiviral medication to treat flu. This is most effective if given within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.

Symptoms of flu include:

  1. High Temperatures (usually >38 degrees)
  2. General symptoms of Unwell such as: Headache; Feverish; Muscle/Joint pains; Fatigue
  3. Respiratory Symptoms such as: cough; sore throat; nasal congestion

www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

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