Whitby Health Partnership

Whitby Health Partnership

114 Chester Road, Whitby, Ellesmere Port, CH65 6TG

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0151 355 6144

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Flu Season 2020/2021

Posted on August 24th, 2020

Updated 03rd November 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.

 

Are you over 65 and still not had your flu vaccination?

Don’t wait,  book an appointment today! We still have a small supply of vaccines for the over 65 age group.  Please book your appointment online if you have patient access  or ring 0151 355 6144.

Due to the continuing issue surrounding the national shortage of flu vaccinations, we are still waiting for confirmation of when we will receive additional supplies for both age groups Adults aged 18 – 64.  If you are in this age group please do not contact the surgery until we are able to provide further details.

Please continue to check this page for updates for

  • The at Risk patients aged 18-64 age group we intend to arrange mop up clinics during November details to follow.
  • Patients aged 50 – 64 who are not at risk but will be eligible under the new government expanded programme, details to follow.

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.

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.

 

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

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 can ring 0151 355 6144 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