Overton Park Flu Vaccination Programme 2020-2021

Flu clinics for Overton Park patients

Please do not attend your flu appointment if you have any of the recognised symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste and/or smell) or if any of your household are isolating.

This will be our most challenging flu season, with especially strict guidance to follow to keep everyone safe. It is also the largest flu campaign the NHS has ever held, and uptake is expected to be high. We will be running a mixture of flu clinics in formats not used before, and will be relying on your patience and cooperation. Please follow staff direction at all times.

Important COVID-19 information when coming for your flu vaccine:

  • It is important that you do not arrive more than five minutes early or five minutes late for your appointment so we can keep the queue to a minimum
  • Do not attend if you are showing symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss of taste or smell) or if a member of your household is isolating/ in quarantine
  • Wear a face covering when you are inside the surgery
  • Use our hand gel provided when you enter the surgery
  • Enter the building alone – anyone with you who has not come for a flu vaccine will need to wait outside
  • Be expected to queue 2 metres apart before you can enter the building (wear weather appropriate clothing)
  • We are running a one-way system – you will be directed to enter and exit via different doors
  • During busier periods be expected to queue 2 metres apart before you can enter the building (wear weather appropriate clothing)
  • Before your appointment ensure that the top of your arm is uncovered ready for vaccination

Flu clinic dates

We will be holding flu clinics on the following dates

Saturday 17th October

  • Eligible under 65 year olds
  • Over 65 year olds

Saturday 24th October

  • 65 years old and over only

Saturday 31st October

  • 65 years old and over only

Saturday 7th November

  • 65 years old and over only

About the flu vaccination

Flu vaccination is one of the most effective interventions we have to reduce pressure on the health and social care system this winter. We are currently seeing the impact of COVID-19 on the NHS and social care, and this coming winter we may be faced with co-circulation of COVID-19 and flu.

If you were identified by the NHS/UK Government as being at high risk from coronavirus and received an official letter/notification asking you to shield at home during the height of the pandemic members of your household are also eligible to receive the influenza vaccination with us if they are registered at our Practice. Let us know if members of your household also need to receive the flu vaccination.

During this year’s flu season we are also been required to ensure that we hold an accurate ethnicity status for all of our patients. We will ask for this when we book you in at the reception desk.

Please note that patients aged 50-64 who are not in an at risk category will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccines remaining. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.

If you are not eligible to receive a flu vaccination from the NHS you can still purchase a vaccination at many local Pharmacies for a small fee.

Read more information on the NHS website to find out if you are eligible and which vaccination you will be offered: www.nhs.uk – Flu vaccine.

The below risk groups will be prioritised and invited at the start of the flu campaign.

  • All children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2020
  • Those aged six months to under 65 years with a long term health condition
  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 65 years and over
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Cohabitants of immunocompromised individuals
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider (vaccinations for healthcare workers should be provided by their employer not by their GP)

Who is eligible for the NHS flu jab?

In addition to the main at-risk groups of people listed above, you should be immunized if you have been diagnosed with any of the below long term health conditions:

  • Have any on-going (chronic) lung diseases. Examples include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and severe asthma (needing regular steroid inhalers or tablets).
  • Have a chronic heart disease. Examples include angina, heart failure or if you have ever had a heart attack.
  • Have a serious kidney disease. Examples include nephrotic syndrome, kidney failure, a kidney transplant.
  • Have a serious liver disease such as cirrhosis.
  • Have diabetes.
  • Have a poor immune system. Examples include if you are receiving chemotherapy or steroid treatment (for more than a month), if you have HIV/AIDS or if you have had your spleen removed.
  • Have certain serious diseases of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis or have had a stroke in the past.

This list of conditions isn’t definitive. It’s always an issue of clinical judgement. Your GP can assess you individually to take into account your risk of flu exacerbating any underlying illness you may have, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself. If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine.