Flu Vaccination 2020

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, Caldbeck surgery has decided to run a Flu Clinic this year at Caldbeck Paris hall, CA7 8EU

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly.

Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold.

The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness, healthy individuals usually recover within 2 to 7 days but, for some, the disease can lead to hospitalization, permanent disability or even death.

For more information visit :  http://www.nhs.uk/flujab

We normally vaccinate the over 65s and those who have a condition that puts them more at-risk from flu; this year we also have those who have been officially advised to shield due to covid-19, and the prospect ( not yet confirmed by the NHS) of adding the 50-64 year olds to those eligible.

Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people

The vaccination is free and recommended yearly for those most at risk from flu.

This includes;

  • adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions   ( including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • pregnant women
  • people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus ( on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • children in primary school
  • children in year 7 ( secondary school)
  • frontline heath or social care workers

Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64. More information will be available later in the autumn. However, if you’re aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.

If there is someone you rely on to care for you, please ask them to contact their own GP Practice as they may be eligible for a free flu vaccination.

You will receive either an SMS text or a letter inviting you to a specific date and either an AM or a PM clinic, please attend  at the prearranged  time and date if at all possible. The dates that the clinics will be running are shown below, if you are unable to attend at your designated time please ring us to arrange an alternative date,  *after the date you were invited*. Please be aware you may need to wait longer. (If you attend earlier we may not have enough vaccine and will have to turn you away)

In particular, if you have not been officially advised to shield, * do not attend on the shielding days*. Keeping this group of patients separate from others is of vital importance to their safety.

Dates for flu clinics are as follows:

  • Weds  07-Oct  – Shielding only
  • Thurs  08-Oct – Shielding only
  • Tues  13-Oct  –  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Weds 14-Oct  –  Over 65s/  at-risk
  • Thurs 15-Oct  –  Over 65s/  at-risk
  • Tues  27- Oct  –   Over 65s/  at-risk
  • Weds  28- Oct  – Over 65s/  at-risk 
  • Thurs 29- Oct  –  Over 65s/  at-risk
  • Tues  10- Nov  –  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Weds 11- Nov –  Over  65s/ at-risk
  • Thurs 12- Nov –  Over 65s/ at-risk

Clinics will run from 09:00 – 12:00  and 14:00 – 17:00 on each day. Hall access will be closed outside these times.

Please note that we will be using the hall side doors for entry and exit only, as the front steps aren’t suitable for limited-mobility access. To preserve safe queueing and social distance, all entry will be via the right hand side door, and all exit via the left-hand door.

When arriving for flu vaccination – be on time and wear clothes that allow access to the top of your shoulder – this shortens time spent at the Hall and it helps maintain social distancing reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection. Please use the hand sanitiser stations freely

Dates for 50 – 64 year olds will be provided in due course once we have NHS confirmation of eligibility and additional vaccine stock has been provided.

We look forward to seeing you soon

Caldbeck Surgery