Flu clinics 2020

Patients aged 65+ and those in ‘at risk’ groups aged 18-64 you are still able to have your flu vaccination, please call us to book an appointment.

Patients aged 50-64 not in an ‘at risk’ group we have vaccine supplies in stock for you. Please contact us if you would like to be vaccinated.

We ask that you follow these simple steps when attending the Health Centre-

             DO NOT attend if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Or if you are generally unwell
        Please wear a face covering if you are able to
            Please sanitise your hands on arrival and as you leave
           Please attend alone if possible
         Please arrive on time for your appointment
        Please wear loose clothing so your arm is easy to show for vaccination

If you have been shielding during the pandemic it is very important you have your flu vaccination.

This year, because of COVID-19 the government has announced that

  • patients aged 50-64 and
  • patients who live in the same household as a person that has been shielding during the pandemic

will be eligible for a free flu vaccine.

Eligibility criteria

Patients that should have the flu vaccine:

  • are 65 years old or over
    • eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2020-21) are those aged 65 and over on 31st March 2021(that is, you were born on or before 31st March 1956).
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions –
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • are clinically obese (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • are those that are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.

Those patients that are frontline health, or social care workers employed by  – a registered residential care or nursing home, a registered homecare organisation or a hospice are eligible to have their free flu vaccine at the health centre.

The flu vaccine is also free on the NHS for:

  • children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2020 (those born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018)
  • children in primary school
  • children in the first year of secondary school

We will release information about how we will be running our child flu vaccination clinics in the coming weeks. Please keep checking the website for this information.