2020-2021 Flu vaccine Season

As you may have heard the government have announced that patients aged between 50-64 years old will be eligible for a free flu vaccination from their GP Practice as part of the flu vaccination programme.
 
This is a great opportunity for us to protect even more of our patients at a time where there are additional health risks associated with Covid-19 (coronavirus).
 
We urge that if you fall under this eligible category to not contact us for an appointment. Today we have sent our patients who fall in this cohort a text to determine what we need to order - do please reply.  We will contact you in due course as we need time to plan and order the vaccinations.
 
We urge anyone who’s in a clinical risk group to take up the vaccination offer when they receive it. It will give them a much-needed layer of protection and there is absolutely no evidence that getting a flu vaccine increases the risk of getting Covid-19

This year thanks to Thirsk Auction Mart we held two successful Drive Through clinics.

FLU Clinics at the Surgery

We still have some flu vaccines available 

Over 64s:  book now 

Invited patients aged 18-64 Please phone the Surgery to book

 

Child Flu Vaccination
All children of primary school age or in Year 7 will be given the flu vaccine at School.

Other children including those with long-term health conditions, those aged 2 or 3 on 31st August 2020 (the parent/guardians of these patients have been sent a invitation letter 28th August 2020) or children in the household of a shielding patient can obtain the vaccination at the surgery. 
Please book an appointment: Monday 5th October 2020.
www.nhs.uk/child-flu

5 REASONS TO VACCINATE YOUR CHILD AGAINST FLU

  1. Protect your child. The vaccine will help protect your child against flu and serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia
  2. Protect you, your family and friends. Vaccinating your child will help protect more vulnerable family and friends
  3. No injection needed. The nasal spray is painless and easy to have
  4. It’s better than having flu. The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record
  5. Avoid costs. If your child gets flu, you may have to take time off work or arrange alternative childcare Further to the recent announcement that 50 - 64 year old patients will fall under the eligible flu vaccination cohort. Please see below suggested text for GP Practice websites: 


 

Whose is eligible for a flu vaccination?

  • Those who are 65 and over on 31st March 2021
  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 6 months to 64 years who are defined as being ‘at risk’. This includes: chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetes, immunosuppression, asplenia or splenic dysfunction, morbidly obese (BMI 40+)
  • People in long-stay residential or nursing homes and carers (not occupational risk)
  • Health and social care staff working for a registered residential care/nursing home or domiciliary care provider
  • Staff employed by a voluntary managed hospice
  • Those who are close household contacts of those who are on the shielded list for COVID-19, that means those who will share living accommodation with them on most days over winter
  • Children aged 2 or 3 on 31st August 2020. They must be born on or after 01/09/2016, and on or before 31/08/2018. (This is under the Childhood Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme.)
  • Those aged 50 to 64 (From November and December - to allow for ‘at-risk groups’ first)

NHS Flu Vaccination Guidance



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