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Flu Season 2020/2021

Posted on August 24th, 2020

 

Flu vaccination is available every year from September to March on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy, it’ll usually clear up on its own in about a week.

But flu can be more severe in anyone in the at risk groups, they are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

Important please read :-

This flu season because of covid-19,  we are doing things much differently to previous years in order to abide by social distancing and to limit infection.  We will be using a barcode system which is added to our letter, rather than you having to book in on your arrival. 

If you have not received a barcoded letter yet but you are eligible, please complete the request form.  This will be sent to you via the post  to be received as soon as possible, so please do not send more than one request.  You will need to remember to bring your barcoded letter with you otherwise you may not receive your vaccination.

Who should get the flu vaccine? 

This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:

  • All adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • people with Chronic Diseases such as Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke – There are exceptions
  • pregnant women
  • people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64. More information will be available later in the autumn

However, if you’re aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.

If you are not a registered patient at Whitby Health Partnership, Ellesmere Port CH65 6TG, we can not offer you an appointment or send an invitation, please contact your own practice.

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Under 18’s Flu Appointments are now available only for those who are eligible by invitation. 

Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7’s will be captured by the school programme

Children who have an underlying medical/health condition will be sent an invitation to arrange an appointment with a practice nurse.

Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 we will not be including children in our Saturday Flu Clinics, as it is not an ideal setting and will need to be managed in a different manner.

Should children have the nasal spray flu vaccine?

In the autumn/winter of 2020 to 2021, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:

  • children aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2020 – that is, children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018
  • all primary school children
  • all year 7 children (secondary school)
  • children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions

Who will give the children’s flu vaccination?

Children aged 2 and 3 will be given the vaccination at their GP surgery, usually by the practice nurse.

Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on 31 August 2020.

Schoolchildren will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas, it might be offered in primary care settings.

Children who are home educated will also be offered the vaccine, provided they’re in an eligible age group.

Children aged 4 years old whose entry to primary school has been deferred will also be offered the vaccine.

 

Please click on the links below for answers to Frequently Asked Questions

How Does it Work?

What are the side effects?

Who Should Not Have the Vaccine?

What are the side effects – child vaccine?

Many More FAQ’s

If you are unable to book your appointment on line please ring our flu line 0151 350 6297