Further patient information for the 2020 Flu Campaign
The Practice will soon be sending those patients who are in the at risk groups or over 65 years old as indicated by the Government as requiring a NHS Flu vaccination, an invitation either by text or letter to make an appointment to receive the vaccine.
Once you receive the invitation please contact the Practice reception staff using the instructions in the invitation and an appointment will be made for you.
Patients must not attend the Practice on the day of the appointment if they or their households have any of the following symptoms:
- New persistent cough
- Feeling unwell.
Please contact the surgery as quickly as possible to rearrange the appointment.
On the day of the appointment
If no signs of acute infection on the day:
- You will need to come to the front door of the Practice approximately 5 minutes before your appointment slot, where someone will greet you, check your details and book you in.
- You will need to wear a face covering in the building.
- Remember to wear loose fitting clothing, preferably a short-sleeved top – the vaccination is given in the muscle at the top of the upper arm.
- You may have to stand in a short queue, maintaining the required 2 metre social distancing, you may need an umbrella in case it rains.
- The nurses will be wearing PPE.
- You will need to have the upper arm accessible to allow the nurse to deliver the vaccination.
- If you have any questions/issues/concerns or known allergies, please speak to the Nurse before you have the vaccine.
- The nurse will check with you to ensure that giving the inactivated vaccine at that time is correct for you.
- The nurse will explain those common symptoms that can occur post vaccination, along with the very much rarer more severe reactions, how to respond and where to seek help.
- You will then be directed safely out of the building.
For those patients who are 50 to 65 years of age who are not in an At Risk group, the Government are stating that they will not be eligible to have an NHS flu vaccine until they make the vaccine available in November and December, this is to allow those who are vulnerable and would normally be eligible to be vaccinated first.