FLU Clinics 2020/21
Flu clinics will be running very differently this year. This is to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff. Letters have been sent to all patients over the age of 65 and are currently being sent to patients under 65 who are classed as at risk. Please note due to a national shortage of vaccines, not all letters have been sent yet - will send them as we receive stocks throughout November and December.
When you receive your letter, please ring Severn Fields Medical Practice on 01743 281950 to book your appointment.
If you have not received a letter but think you are eligible for flu vaccination this year, and would like to book it, please call us and we will check if we have vaccines available.
Please note, this does not apply to healthy 50-64 year olds who are due to offered a vaccine for the first time this year - clinics for this cohort are yet to be arranged while we await additional supplies of the vaccine.
You will notice that your letter contains a barcode. It is extremely important that you bring this barcode letter with you as proof of eligibility for the vaccination. If you forget to bring your letter with you, you will be asked to return home to collect it. You will not be given your flu vaccine without your barcoded letter and this is unique for yourself only – and so cannot be used for anyone else.
Please wear clothes which will make it easy for you to expose one of your shoulders. You will be asked to remove jackets etc in the waiting area to ensure your arm is easily available for the clinician to administer the vaccine. Please attend alone if possible and wear a face covering.
DO NOT attend for your appointment if you or any members of your household have any symptoms of Covid-19 ie new and persistent cough, fever above 37.8. Your appointment can be re-scheduled when you or members of your household are symptom free.
Flu is a serious and potentially life threatening infection and it is highly recommended that you are vaccinated against it. This is particularly important in light of the current pandemic.
Please be assured that we will be operating a socially distanced queuing system and strict infection control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Please attend as close to your appointment time as possible to facilitate this.
IMPORTANT – YOU MUST BRING THE LETTER CONTAINING THE BARCODE WITH YOU
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR FREE FLU VACCINATION?
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- anyone aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.
We aim to further extend the vaccine programme in November and December to include the 50-64 year old age group subject to vaccine supply.
For 2020, there are 3 types of flu vaccine:
- a live quadrivalent vaccine (which protects against 4 strains of flu), given as a nasal spray. This is for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years eligible for the flu vaccine
- a quadrivalent injected vaccine. This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 who are at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition and for children 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live vaccine
- a trivalent injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over as it has been shown to be more effective in this age group
65 and overs and the flu vaccine
You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2020/21) if you will be aged 65 and over on March 31 2020 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1956. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2021, you do qualify.