FLU SEASON 2020
Thank you for your patience waiting for appointments to be released for the flu vaccinations. The planning and co-ordination of the clinics has been incredibly challenging due to the mandatory restrictions we are all having to adhere to in order to protect our patients and staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We will be operating eight clinics on Saturdays along with a small number of week day clinics.
The practice team will be contacting those patients in the “shielding” group to allow booking for the first three clinics. The clinical team will continue to offer vaccination in booked appointments if you are attending for other reasons where appropriate.
The dates available currently for general booking if you are eligible*(see below) are as follows:
17th October, 24th October, 7th November, 14th November
Please contact the practice on 01278 783220 to book your appointment. We fully appreciate how busy the telephone lines can be and we ask that that you call after 11.30am when the call levels reduce a little.
Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org please state your full name, address and date of birth and we will respond within 3-5 working days with an appointment date and time for you to attend.
Flu vaccination campaign 2020
You may have heard the news about this year’s flu vaccine campaign.
Cards on the table – This year will be a TOUGH year for all practices delivering flu vaccines. Why? - We are still geared up for another Covid-19 rise.
We will be doing vaccinations in PPE meaning changes between patients and cleans of the environment between patients. All that PPE has to be ordered, stored, shared out, restocked, disposed of.
We need to maintain social distancing between patients, so no more crowded waiting rooms with a lovely catch up from others in your community.
Social distancing means we have to make innovative use of our buildings, with one way systems.
The additional group of people means lots more vaccines needed: practices order the vaccine a year ahead, so we now need to rely on NHSE / Public Health England to supply additional stock, (see separate message about the additional group of people)
Everything takes longer: PPE, cleaning, social distancing. So a clinic for 1000 people which used to be done in 3 hours could now take 8-10 hours.
The staff who deliver the vaccines, and the administrators who support them in the clinics are already working flat out during the week, and now need to work additional long shifts at the weekends too.
Thank you for reading this far. You may ask what is the point of this post? The main point is we found out this information the same time as you did, and although we have lots of ideas, there is still lots we need to work out, so please be patient with the team.
We WILL let you know by Facebook, website or letter what the plan is.
It WILL be very different this year.
We WILL do our best as we always do.
We are grateful for your support- please do share as every practice is in the same position.
Highbridge Medical Centre – The start of the Flu Vaccination Campaign
Flu vaccination clinics will be starting very soon.
Due to Covid-19, the Practice has implemented additional safety precautions to protect Patients and Staff.
There will be updated information on our website as to when the clinics will be open for general booking.
* Only attend the surgery for a flu vaccination if you have an appointment.
* Only arrive at your allocated time.
* Ensure that you have your facemask with you.
* Wear a short sleeved top and be prepared to take off your outdoor clothing prior to the actual vaccination.
* Do not attend if you or a member of your household have Covid symptoms.
* Phone the surgery if you are unable to attend at the allocated appointment time.
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 and over
- People with serious long term health conditions under 65years(including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
- Pregnant women
- People living with someone who is at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Children in Primary School (Vaccination will be organised in the school)
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school) (Vaccination will be organised in the school)
- Frontline health or social care workers
Long Term Serious Health Condition List The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- 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 (GP’s and community pharmacists) 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.