Flu Vaccination Campaign 2021/2022

As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free jab will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.

The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.

In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of coronavirus this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu jab to reduce the risk of caregivers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.

Flu Clinics 2021/2022

We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the next few months. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff.

Invitations to attend our flu clinics will be sent out to all eligible patients, confirming their 15 minute drop in appointment slots on either:

  • Saturday 16th October
  • Saturday 30th October
  • Saturday 13th November

Minimal mop up clinics will be available this year and you are asked to attend your appointed time where ever possible.

Your responsibility

  • Do not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 – high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste, loss of smell
  • Do not attend if anyone in your household is isolating for COVID-19
  • All individuals aged 11 years and over must attend wearing a face covering over their nose and mouth and wear it all the time whilst in the practice, unless within a government exemption category
  • Arrive on-time for your appointment, stay in your car if you arrive early
  • Attend unaccompanied unless you need a carer
  • Wear a short sleeve top in preparation for seeing the nurse and to reduce your time in practice. Clinics will not be private and appropriate clothing will be required to enable the administration of the vaccine without undressing
  • Appointment will be for flu vaccine and potentially the COVID booster only – we will not have any additional time to answer any other medical questions

What to expect

  • All clinics will be held at The Vernon Medical Centre with 15 minute drop in appointment slots allocated to patients on either
  • Social distancing signs when queuing outside of the practice
  • Sanitiser will be available on entry and exit from the practice
  • Four clinical stations will be set up in the reception area. There will not be any private clinical stations so please wear appropriate clothing
  • One way through The Vernon Medical Centre, entering through the front door and exiting from the rear door
  • All clinicians and staff will be wearing appropriate PPE
  • No toilet facilities will be available
  • In the event we are able to offer the COVID Booster vaccine at the same time a 15 minute wait may be needed before leaving the surgery. This will be confirmed once the Government guidance has been issued

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:

  • are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers
  • have a serious long-term health condition, including:
    • respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis
    • diabetes
    • heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
    • being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
    • chronic kidney disease
    • liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
    • a learning disability
    • 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 taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Flu vaccination is important because:

  • more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill
  • getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses
  • If you’ve had COVID-19, it’s safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.

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