This year Wistaria and Milford Surgeries will be undertaking our biggest Flu vaccination programme ever. We normally provide around 5000 immunisations each year. This year there are over 9000 of our patients eligible for a flu vaccine. Help us to deliver this mammoth task safely by following the guidance on this page.
- We are now taking bookings for shielding patients and those in their households, all those aged over 65, those under 65 in at risk groups and those aged 2 or 3 on 31/8/20
- These appointments can be booked via Patient Access, via the NHS app or by phone (press option 0 after 10am)
- We ran a Saturday clinic at Milford on 19/9/20 and a Sunday clinic at Wistaria on 27/9/20
- Read about why the flu immunisation is even more important this year in this BBC news article
- Please do not book Flu appointments for those under 18 online. This needs to be done by phone.
Attending a flu clinic
- You need a booked appointment, for some clinics you will be told a colour which you need to remember
- You must have no cough, fever or loss of taste or smell
- Please do not arrive early
- Wear a face mask
- Stick together with members of your household, you can enter the injection room together, you may need top queue
- Remain 2 meters away from those from another household
- Follow the one-way route
For those aged 50-64 not in an at risk group
We have been advised by NHS England to inform those in this group that:
“the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.”
How to book
This year there are more people than normal eligible for a Flu vaccination. The easiest way for an individual person to book is using the NHS online service from the NHS website or via the NHS app. For details of how to register for this service click here. If you are already registered with Patient Access then you can use this to book. You can use these services to request repeat medications as well as book appointments. There will by four different Flu vaccination appointment types available for adults and it is really important that you are booked into the correct appointment type:
- Flu Over 65 – for those born on or before 31/3/1956
- Flu Under 65 – for those born after 31/3/56 (These appointments are not for those under 18 – child appointments should be booked by phone)
- Flu Over 65 Shielding – those who were officially shielding for COVID (or live in the same household) and born on or before 31/3/56
- Flu Under 65 Shielding – those who were officially shielding for COVID (or live in the same household) and born after 31/3/56 (These appointments are not for those under 18 – child appointments should be booked by phone)
If you are unable to book online you should phone (in the afternoon if possible) 01590 643022 or 01590 672212 and select option 0.
If you book online but are planning to attend with someone else who is also going to have the vaccine you will all individually need to book using your own logins. To book a whole household it may be easier to do this over the phone.
Patient Information Leaflets – Read before you attend
This year we are unable to hand out laminated sheets with information about the vaccines. We would recommend you read the documents linked below before you attend. Click on the button appropriate to you. These options are for adults only.
How to receive a Flu vaccination while social distancing
When you attend for a Flu vaccination you must have a booked appointment. You must wear a face covering unless you have a medical reason not to. You will find the following markers outside and inside to try and ensure you stay 2 meters away from anyone from another household. If you are attending with someone else from your household you should stay close together and move as one unit. Your temperature will be checked on arrival and if raised you will not be able to have the vaccine. Those giving your vaccine will be wearing a face mask but based on recent guidance they will not be wearing gloves or an apron but will be using alcohol gel on their hands between each patient. There will be a one way system at both practices.