FLU CLINICS - When and where 2020
YOU CAN NOW BOOK YOUR FLU VACCINATION AT BALL TREE SURGERY
Please call 01903 752200 to book your appointment
It’s highly likely that flu and COVID-19 will be around together this winter, so it’s really important to get your flu vaccination when you are offered it. This helps protect YOU and OTHERS in the community.
CLINIC DATES AND LOCATIONS
There will be no online booking this year - we apologise for the inconvenience
Extra resources are in place to take your telephone call when booking but please be patient and respectful to our Reception staff.
For those shielding, carers and disabled – Ball Tree site – Saturday 26th September, 9am to 3pm
Over 65 – Ball Tree site – Saturday 3rd October, 9am to 3pm
Over 65 – Kingfisher site – Saturday 3rd October, 9am to 3pm
Anyone over 18 – Ball Tree site - we are running a full day of flu appointments at Ball Tree each Thursday in October and November:
Age 18 to 65 – Ball Tree site - Early morning clinic on Wednesday 30th September, 7am to 9am
Children and under 18 – NOT YET AVAILABLE - we are waiting for further guidance and supply from NHS England – keep checking this website
Age 50 to 64 with no health conditions (changes under COVID 19) – NOT YET AVAILABLE - Please see statement below.
Age 50 - 64 and no underlying health condition?
Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, 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. (Statement from NHSE)
HOW WILL WE LET YOU KNOW?
If you have chosen to receive communications by text, you will receive a text in the next 3 weeks inviting you to book your flu vaccination. It is important that we have your correct contact details.
If we do not have a mobile phone number for you, then you will receive an email or letter in the next 3 weeks. It is important that we have your correct contact details.
All patients over 18 - If you have not received a flu invitation by the end of September and you believe you are in an at risk category, please telephone the Surgery and speak with one of our Receptionist.
HELP US TO HELP YOU – COVID-19 precautions
We are taking all necessary precautions to make the surgery as safe as possible for patients attending each site. Each site/clinic will have clearly marked routes to ensure social distancing to help keep you and our staff safe.
In turn, we kindly request that all patients:
- wear a face covering (to cover nose and mouth)
- bring/use their own hand sanitiser
- follow the social distancing signs and instructions around the Surgery
- treat our staff with respect
- attend your appointment at the booked time, no earlier, no later, to avoid long queues that make it hard to socially distance
- wear a short sleeved top to reduce time and personal contact
- whenever possible, do not drive to the Surgery as there is only parking for those with severely reduced mobility. If you have to drive, please park in the surrounding area and walk to the Surgery.
We regret that queuing indoors will not be possible and patients are reminded to ensure they have suitable waterproof clothing in case of bad weather.
WHAT IF I AM UNWELL FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
If you are feeling unwell (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste or smell), DO NOT attend your appointment but do let us know.
WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT A FLU VACCINATION THIS YEAR?
If you decide not to have the vaccination please let us know so we can enter this on your medical records. You can say no thank you to flu vaccine online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Ball_Tree_2020 or let us know by telephone.
WHO CAN HAVE A FREE FLU VACCINATION?
If any of the following applies to you, you can have a free, annual flu vaccination.
- people aged 65 years or over
- those aged from six months to 64 years of age, WITH A HEALTH CONDITION such as those with:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma (you've had asthma medication for the last 2 years), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
- learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- all pregnant women (you may be offered a flu vaccination by your midwife)
- 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.
- carers - those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
- all children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020 (Children aged between 5 and 11 should receive their flu vaccination at school)
NEW in 2020 - eligibility due to COVID
- people who live with anybody on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals
- people aged between 50 and 64 who do not have any of the conditions listed in the risk categories.
Please note that GP Practices do not currently have sufficient stock of vaccinations to vaccinate this category until later in the year. Priority will be given to those who are at most risk. Patients in this category will be encouraged to get their free flu vaccination at their local pharmacy.