Flu Vaccinations

The Practice will commence flu vaccinations for eligible groups in early September. We will be contacting patients to book appointments, but you can also telephone us to book. Appointments will be subject to availability and will be released as vaccines arrive in the Practice during the September – November period. Vaccinations will only be available to those in at risk groups.

This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:

  • adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of
  • age)
  • pregnant women
  • people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient
  • list)
  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • children in primary school
  • children in year 7 (vaccination will take place in secondary school)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Please note that people in the 50 to 64-year-old age group will not be vaccinated until later in the year – possibly November / December. This is dependent on sufficient vaccine being available and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This will ensure those most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50 to 64 and you are in one of the other groups eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Further information regarding flu vaccinations is available by visiting:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

What to Expect When You Attend for your Flu Vaccination

Due to COVID-19, we are controlling the volume of patients in the Practice at any one time. This is to protect patients and staff. This year we will not be holding any “walk-in” clinics to prevent a high density of patients attending the building at the same time. Vaccinations will be by appointment only and will be of 5 minutes duration. The following measures will be in place:

  • You must not attend for vaccination, or any other reason, if you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell
  • You must wear a face mask or face covering
  • You should arrive as close to your appointment time as possible and attend alone with the exception of essential carers
  • You will be asked to wait outside Reception initially until a member of staff calls you forward to book in for your appointment
  • Your temperature will be taken by a member of staff and if you have a high temperature you will be asked to leave the building and rearrange your appointment. Please note it is not safe to vaccinate patients with a high temperature and your co-operation with our staff and safety measures will be appreciated.
  • Please wear clothing that enables our Nurses easy access to your arms. Once you are in the building please remove any coats and ensure your sleeve is rolled up to expose your arm.
  • Once you have booked in, you will be asked wait briefly and will be called through to the treatment room.
  • Following vaccination you will need to leave the building via the side door – signs will be in place to direct you. This is to ensure we do not have high numbers of patients crossing paths within the building.

The safety of our patients and staff is important and, whilst these measures may be unsettling, we appreciate your co-operation to minimise the spread of potential COVID-19 infection.

Possible Side Effects of the Flu Vaccination

Like all vaccines, the flu vaccination may cause side effects. Most reactions are mild or moderate and resolve spontaneously within 1 to 2 days. You will receive a patient information leaflet during your appointment, but the following side effects are possible:

Very Common

  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Pain and / or tenderness at the injection site

Common

  • Redness, swelling, bruising, hardness at or close to the injection site
  • Sweating
  • Nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Fever, generally feeling unwell, shivering.