FLU VACCINATIONS 2020/21

Our Flu clinics will be running very differently this year.  This is to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff.  

Am I eligible?

Flu can affect anyone but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well. You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:

  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Aged 65 or Over
  • Pregnant

Or have a long term condition such as:

  • Heart problem
  • Chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
  • Kidney disease
  • Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
  • Liver disease
  • Had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological condition, eg multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy
  • Learning disability
  • Problem with your spleen, eg sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
  •  

People on the NHS Shielded Patient List for COVID-19 are all eligible for a free flu vaccine and it is really important this year that they receive it.

Please call to book your appointment on 01743 352371 we will NOT accept any walk-in patients.

65 years old or over

If you are aged 65 or over you will receive a letter from us containing important information about how the service has changed this year for your flu Jab, this excludes patients who are coded as being housebound, have a learning disability or were coded as previously shielding. If you have not received your letter yet (and none of the exclusion apply) please telephone us and we will organise one to be sent to you.

We are working with a number of other local GP surgeries, for our flu clinics for our 65 year old patients and they will be held on Saturdays throughout October and they will be based at Severn Fields Medical Practice on Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 4RQ.    If you have previously been shielding your flu vaccine will be given at the surgery.  If this applies to you then please ensure you make the reception team aware when you call to book your appointment.

All aged Patients at High Risk (under 65, or Over 65 and coded as housebound have a learning disability and or Shielding)

If you received a shielding letter or are in one of the flu “At Risk” categories you will be seen at Riverside Medical Practice. We have specially arranged clinics for you to attend. You will receive notification from us containing important information about how the service has changed and what you need to do.

Children aged 2-3

Your child will be seen at Riverside Medical Practice in pre- arranged clinics, invitations will be sent towards the end of October.

Children aged 4-10 years old

Your child will be vaccinated at School/Nursery. If your child is home or you missed the day these were completed at school/Nursery please call the School Aged Immunisations Team for Shropshire on 01743 730028.

50-64 year olds.

We are currently awaiting further guidance from the Government over the procurement of additional vaccines, it is anticipated that this will not be before the end of November. However, if you are aged 50-64 in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine. Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine.

Frontline health and social care workers

Contact your employer or occupational health service for information about where and when you can get this done.

Attending the Flu clinic

Please ensure you turn up as close to your allocated appointment time as possible, be assured that we will be operating a socially distanced queuing system and strict infection control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. 

When you receive your letter you will notice that it contains a barcode on the second page. 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 clothing like a t-shirt or short sleeved shirt or top 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 i.e. 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.



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