Flu vaccines are now available for eligible patients. Please call to book an appointment.
Amicus Health Flu Clinics 2020
Flu Vaccinations are now available to book.
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE MESSAGE – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
As you will all be aware, this year’s flu campaign will be more complex than usual. We expect a higher than normal uptake. Due to the ongoing risk associated with Covid 19 we will have to ensure that the clinics maintain strict social distancing measures.
This page details who is eligible for a flu vaccination and how clinics will work this year. They will be different from previous years so please read the following carefuly.
Please Note – This plan is subject to change at short notice please check this page regularly for updates.
Flu Clinics will take place in the different locations this year.
Clinics will be run from:
- BAMPTON SURGERY (21st – 24th September)
- OLD HEATHCOAT SCHOOL COMMUNITY CENTRE (28th, 29th & 30th September)
- MOORHAYES COMMUNITY CENTRE (5th – 16th October)
PLEASE NOTE – We will NOT be running flu clinics from Clare House.
As MANDATED by the NHS, we will be using two types of vaccine in our flu vaccination programme this year.
- Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) – people aged 65 and over.
- Quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) – people aged 18 to 64 years who are in a clinical risk group.
We will only be vaccinating one age group per clinic.
Children’s Flu Vaccination
We are currently working up plans for our childrens flu clinics, we expect these to run in mid October. Please check back soon for more information.
The clinics are structured differently this year to allow us to maintain social distancing and manage the flow of patients attending.
We will be booking vaccinations in 15 minute blocks; i.e. 10:00, 10:15 and will be booking 15 patients into each block.
If you have previously had a flu vaccination and we have a mobile phone number for you, you may receive a text from us advising you that we have made you an appointment in one of the clinics.
If you do not receive a text and are in one of the at risk categories liste below please contact your practice to make an appointment.
Attending your Appointment
DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU (OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD) HAS CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS – GET A TEST
On the day of your appointment please arrive at your appointment time. PLEASE do not arrive early so we can ensure we only have a manageable amount of patients waiting at any one time. If you cannot attend during this time slot, please DO NOT just turn up at an alternative time. This could cause mass gatherings which MUST be avoided.
The vaccination clinics will be split into the following cohorts of patients; this is due to the delivery schedule of the vaccine which is beyond our control. PLEASE only attend the correct clinic for your cohort of patients. If you cannot attend your designated date / time-slot, please keep monitoring this page for updates on additional clinic dates or when we can offer you a bookable appointment.
How will the clinics run?
You will be streamed into the entrance of the location (socially distanced) and screened for Covid symptoms. If we have any concerns that you are showing visible symptoms of Coronavirus you will be asked to leave.
We reserve the right to take your temperature if we have any concerns that you are showing visible symptoms of Coronavirus prior to allowing access to the clinic.
All patients MUST wear a face covering before entering the clinic. This is MANDATORY, anyone refusing will not be vaccinated.
Please wear suitable clothing to stay dry and warm as you may have to queue outside. Once inside the clinic, it would be beneficial to be able to easily remove outer layers so we can access your upper arm easily.
Once vaccinated, you will be asked to vacate the premises immediately to allow other patients to attend. To protect everyone please do not congregate, please leave immediately.
Below is a full list of all those eligible for the free flu vaccination on the NHS this year (2020/2021):
- All children aged two to eleven (but not yet twelve) on 31 August 2020
- Those aged 65 years or over (including those turning 65 years by 31 March 2021)
- Those aged from six months to under 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group with:
- Those with chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Those with chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- Those with chronic liver disease
- Those with chronic neurological disease, e.g. Parkinson’s or motor neurone disease
- Those with a learning disability
- Those with Diabetes
- Those with splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- Those with a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- Those who are morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- All pregnant women (including those who become pregnant during flu season)
- Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7).
- Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
- Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
- Health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
50 -64 year olds not in an at risk category.
Whilst we’ve received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year.
This allows us to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.
If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended, this is likely to be November or December.
Of course, if you wish to access a vaccine prior to this date you can pay to have this at your local pharmacy as in previous years, otherwise please wait for more information.
You can often treat the flu without seeing your GP and should begin to feel better in about a week.
Check if you have flu
Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:
· a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
· aching body
· feeling tired or exhausted
· dry, chesty cough
· sore throat
· difficulty sleeping
· loss of appetite
· diarrhoea or tummy pain
· nausea and being sick
· The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.
For more details please see NHS Choices – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/