Didcot Health Centre - Flu Clinics Autumn 2020
Everyone entering the practice must wear a face covering
ADULT FLU CLINICS (aged 18 years upwards)
Regular clinics are held at the practice on weekdays. We currently have no further Saturday clinics arranged.
We are holding several afternoon/early evening flu clinics. Appointments for these can be booked by phone, and some are available online. See below to check your eligibility for a free flu vaccination before you book. Please help us by booking online through the NHS App or Patient Access account if you can (note: these are NOT Test and Trace or the Covid-19 app).
|Over 65 years
||Anyone over the age of 65, or who turns 65 by 31st March 2021, is entitled to
a free flu vaccination.
||Certain health conditions and situations may make flu worse for people in this age group. Even if you normally feel well, you should have the free flu vaccine if:
||You have a long term condition such as:
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (eg steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- liver disease
- had a stroke or an ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological condition, eg multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, eg sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
or if you are:
- living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a house hold contact of someone on the NHS Shielded Patient List
- a frontline health or social care worker
- pregnant, at any stage of the pregnancy
This list of conditions is not definitive. For health conditions, it is always an issue of clinical judgement. Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself. We want to reduce the chances of those vulnerable to COVID-19 from getting flu.
People previously 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.
AVAILABILITY FOR OTHER ADULTS
This year, more people will be offered the free flu vaccine during the winter, after the most vulnerable members of our community have been vaccinated. To find out who is included check nhs.uk/fluvaccine.
FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN AGED 6 MONTHS TO 17 YEARS OLD
If you have a child over six months of age who has one of the health conditions listed above, they should have a flu vaccination. All these children are more likely to become severely ill if they catch flu, and it could make their existing condition worse. Talk to your GP about your child having the flu vaccination soon.
The flu vaccine does not work well in babies under six months of age so it is not recommended. This is why it is so important that pregnant women have the vaccination – they will pass on some immunity to their baby that will protect them during the early months of their life.
Some other groups of children are also being offered the flu vaccination. This is to help protect them against the disease and help reduce its spread both to other children, including their brothers or sisters, and, of course, their parents and grandparents. This will help you to avoid the need to take time off work because of flu or to look after your children with flu.
The children being offered the vaccine this year are:
children aged two or three years old on 31 August 2020
primary school-aged children
year 7 secondary school-aged children
Children aged two and three years will be given the vaccination in the practice, usually by a practice nurse.
For most children, the vaccine will be given as a spray in each nostril. This is a very quick and painless procedure.
Nearly all school-aged children will be offered the flu vaccine in school by the School Health Nurse, and not the GP practice. If you have been advised to make an appointment with your GP, please contact the surgery.
For more information on children and flu vaccination see the NHS website information at nhs.uk/fluvaccine
Please note that if you have any concerns about being given injections or have an egg allergy you must book a telephone appointment with a Practice Nurse to discuss your needs before booking your vaccination.
You must not attend if you feel unwell, have any fever, a new persistent dry cough, or loss of sense of taste or smell.