Flu immunisation 2020 (Over 65s only) (Published 14/9/20 - under 65 at risk group details to follow)

Flu Booking line: 01752 209 040  (Mon-Fri 09:00 – 11:00hrs)  Online Services: SystmOnline or NHS App    

Dear Patient 

You are receiving this letter as, according to our records, you will be aged 65 or over on 31st March 2021 and are a patient at Lisson Grove and Woolwell Medical Centres. If either of these statements are incorrect please let us know.  
 
As a member of the over 65s group you are eligible for a free flu vaccination via your GP surgery whilst stocks are available. Despite the complications of Covid 19 the flu immunisation programme is still expected to go ahead albeit in a different format. This is to protect staff and patients and to ensure that we can deliver the vaccines in the most efficient way. We are expecting a larger number of requests for the flu vaccine this year as it is even more important to be protected, however please note we have not had a larger allocation of vaccines. 

Please read the following carefully before booking your appointment and check the details before attending. 

When: Saturday 3rd October from 08:30hrs, an appointment for a specific time must be made.  
Anyone arriving without appointment or at the wrong time will be turned away. 
Where: Clinics will be at both Lisson Grove and Woolwell – you can make an appointment at either. 
How to book: Online (via SystmOnline or NHS App) or Telephone 01752 209 040 (lines open 09:00-11:00hrs Mon – Fri). 
Sorry but we are unable to take bookings on our main number or deal with non-flu issues on the above number. 
 
On the day please do not: 
Turn up if you have any Covid symptoms. 
Arrive until your appointment time (We have no indoor waiting areas). 
Bring any excess outer clothing or bags that may delay your time in the surgery. 
Bring anyone into the surgery with you (unless you or they are a carer and cannot be separated). 
Ask staff any non-flu related questions they will not be set up to deal with them 

On the day please do: 
Wear a face covering from when you arrive until you leave. 
Use the hand sanitiser on entry and exit. 
Follow all staff directions and signage. 
Wear clothing that allows for easy access to the top of the arm you want to have the vaccine in. 
 
We are sorry if these changes cause any problems and that there is only one opportunity this year. 
 
If in the unlikely event there are any vaccines unused then we may offer some smaller clinics at a later date if we feel we are able to safely set-up and manage them in light of Covid. 

Yours sincerely 
 
 
Lisson Grove & Woolwell Medical Centres 

Update 27th July 2020 - The Government announced on 24th July 2020 that the flu immunisation programme for 2020/21 will be extended to cover people aged 50-64. Guidance has yet to be received as to when this vaccine will be available but this is expected to be after those patients already eligible under the existing criteria have been vaccinated.

National flu immunisation programme 2020/21

We are still awaiting final confirmation of the delivery dates for the flu vaccines for 2020/21 however we expect to be able to start vaccinating patients in October.

Please check back here for updates and clinic availability.

Eligibility:

In 2020/21 groups eligible for the NHS funded flu vaccination programme are the same as last year, although this may change if the programme is expanded, and include:

• all children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2020

• those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups*

• pregnant women

• those aged 65 years and over

• those in long-stay residential care homes

• carers

• close contacts of immunocompromised individuals

• health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider.

Vaccines:

We will be administering the following 4 recommended vaccines depending on the patient, individuals who are unable to have the recommended vaccine for their group will be reviewed by the clinical team and advised accordingly.  In summary these are:

• for those aged 65 and over – the Adjuvanted Trivalent Influenza (Seqirus) inactivated Vaccine

• for under-65s at risk, including pregnant women, the Quadrivalent influenza vaccine Split Virion (Sanofi Pasteur) inactivated vaccine

• for children aged 2-17 years, the Fluenz Tetra vaccine nasal suspension (AstraZeneca UK Ltd) live vaccine

• for children aged 6 months-2 years and for those aged 2-17 years who are unable to have the live vaccine, the Quadrivalent influenza vaccine Split Virion  (Sanofi Pasteur) inactivated vaccine

Coronavirus impact on Flu Clinics:

We are putting plans in place to ensure both Patients and Staff are protected, this may mean less choice of clinic dates and times than in previous years.  We kindly ask you to support us by ensuring you attend your booked appointment on time and adhere to any guidelines that will be in place.

Child Flu Immunisations:

If your child is eligible to receive a flu immunisation at the surgery this year you will be sent an invitation to book them in. We are unable to vaccinate children covered by the School Flu Immunisation Programme, unless they are also 'At Risk', as we do not have access to any vaccines for this group of children.

If you (Parent or Guardian) will NOT be attending with your child you are required to complete a Parental Consent Form which must be brought with the child to their appointment. You can access the form below.

Parental Responsibility Form

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