Flu Campaign 2023/24
We are excited to announce that our flu injections are back in stock. Bookings can be made via telephone 01923 820 866.
What is Seasonal Flu?
Seasonal flu occurs every year, usually in the winter. It's a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. The most likely viruses that will cause flu each year are identified in advance and vaccines are then produced that closely match them. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. Flu symptoms hit you suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles, and you can often get a cough and sore throat at the same time. Because flu is caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it.
Don’t wait until there is a flu outbreak this winter: contact your GP or practice nurse now to get your seasonal flu jab.
This year there are two different vaccinations depending on your age as of 31st March 2024. For those aged 65 and over the recommended vaccine is Fluad. We have ensured that we have sufficient stocks of the immunisations for our patient population therefore there is no need to panic or for you to seek to get your immunisation elsewhere. For patients aged 2 to <65 we have stock of the recommended vaccine, Flucelvax.
Nasal flu vaccinations for children (those aged 2 to 9) will not be released by NHS England until the beginning of September, however, the Flucelvax injection is licensed from the age of 2 years old and can be used instead of the nasal flu vaccination.
Who is Entitled to a Free Vaccination?
Eligibility for the Main Cohort:
· Over 65s
· Pregnant ladies
· Carers (providing they are coded as a carer)
· Patients with chronic diseases:
o Heart, lung, liver, spleen or kidney problems
o Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
o Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as cancer treatment or steroid treatment) (Flu is inactivated)
o Asthma (taking regular inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admissions), COPD, Bronchitis
· Those living in long-stay residential care homes
We will be currently inviting all at risk patients and over 65. If you are not eligible on this list, unfortunately we are unable at this point to provide you with a vaccination at the surgery at this point. If you have not received a direct invitation but believe you should be included, then please contact reception. We will inform you of any changes to the guidance.
The NHS will announce when people aged 50 to 64 years not in a clinical at risk will be able to book an appointment or request their free NHS flu vaccine. This group will NOT be invited for our first flu clinic in September - this is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. These patients will be invited depending on the availability of vaccines, but as we cannot guarantee availability we may have to redirect you to a local pharmacy.
House Bound patients/Nursing Homes:
The borough Home Visiting Team will be arranging for housebound patients to be vaccinated via a home visit with both COVID Booster and Flu. However, this will not take place until after 1st October 2023. All patients will be contacted directly for this to be arranged.
All patients over 65 are eligible for the one off vaccine, in some cases patients may be eligible for the pneumonia vaccine every 5 years due to their medical history. Providing we have pneumococcal vaccinations in stock you will also receive this at the same time (different arm).
At present, anyone between the ages of 70-79 who has not previously been given the Shingles vaccination is eligible. If you are eligible when you receive your annual flu jab, providing we have shingles vaccinations in stock you will also receive this at the same time (different arm).
We have been advised by NHS England that individual practices will not be receiving supplies of COVID booster vaccines due to logistical and vaccine temperature constraints. COVID booster vaccines are being organised to be given in our COVID Hub, similar to the COVID vaccines, rather than via individual GP practices.
As we do not have enough information about the eligibility of the COVID booster vaccines, the order of eligibility or whether it can be given alongside the flu vaccine, you will be contacted once we have more information about this.
Nasal Flu Vaccinations
We are hoping to be able to vaccinate children during our flu clinic however we are unable to order stock at this point. We are happy for you to book in now, however, if we are unable to get stock in by this date, we will have to rebook. Therefore, it is best you contact us on the second week of September if you have not received communication from us by then.
Children that are eligible to receive the flu vaccine at the GP practice are:
At risk aged 6 months – 2 years
At risk aged 12-17 years
Children not at risk and in primary school (Aged 5-12 all children in year 7 will receive the vaccine in school. If you miss this vaccination in school, please contact them directly as we are unable to provide this vaccination)
Secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9 who will be offered the vaccine in order of school year (starting with the youngest first). This group are likely to be offered vaccination later in the year once children age 2 and 3 and primary school age children have been vaccinated.
Flu Clinic - On the Day
NB: Acre will be having their flu clinic on the same day as us. To avoid any confusion, when at the front door, you will be asked which practice you are registered with and directed accordingly – please ensure you state Carepoint Practice at the door. Therefore, when you enter, you will then appropraiately directed. There will be a clear one-way system to follow in and out the building.
Please read posters and advise us of any problems with you being able to have the vaccine. For more information about the flu season please visit NHSchoices or Stay Well This Winter website.
You will be given a specific time for your appointment. It’s important you adhere to the timings within a 5-minute window to ensure we respect the safety of other patients and staff. If for any reason you are running late, please be warned that we will do our best to accommodate you, however, there may be a waiting period. We would encourage those that wish to wear face masks for your own safety and the safety of other patients to do so.
If you are attending with a member of family and there is a time difference, we are happy for you to come together as a family unit and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Due to the increased safety requirements, we will not be able to answer any questions other than those related to your vaccine. The reception desk will be closed and you will not be able to collect any forms or ask any routine queries about your health.
The clinic is on 16th September 2023 and will run from 09:30 to 15:00
• 2 clinics running from 09:30 – 12:30 and 13:15 – 15:00
Due to the increased safety requirements placed on this years flu clinic, we will not be able to answer any questions other than those related to your vaccine. The reception desk will be closed and you will not be able to collect any forms or ask any routine queries about your health.