Flu Season 2020
Influenza is a very common and highly infectious disease caused by a virus. This year flu vaccine is more important than ever in reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses . The seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended every year for those who are at high risk in order to help protect them catching a flu and developing serious complications.
Our flu information page mentions patients who come in to the category of high risks , this year patients who have been on the shielding register, and those who share a household with them, are eligible too. The flu vaccine is also recommended to and available on the NHS to anyone who is a registered carer and health and social care staff. For more information about the flu vaccine, see the NHS page.
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups 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.
Flu Vaccine for Children
Children from 2-4 years of age are at high risk of developing flu-related complications such as bronchitis, pnemonia and ear infection which can be very serious. The flu vaccine offers the best defense against flu and if vaccinated can also reduce the flu from being spread. This is particularly important especially as there are concenrs over a second wave of coronavirus.
Flu Clinics When, Where and How?
This year we are expecting a high demand for flu immunisation and our surgery must be run safely in light of COVID-19. In order to ensure we can socially distance, we have made significant changes to how we are running our flu clinics this year.
How will this work?
All patients who are eligible for an NHS flu jab with us this year will be written to. On receipt of the letter, you will be able to book a flu jab by calling us at the Surgery. If you have not received a letter by the end of September and you are certain you are eligible, please call us.
It is essential that this letter is brought with you to your appointment. Each letter contains a unique bar code. We are using this system to know who has attended rather than checking people in on a computer, to ensure swift and efficient movement of people on the day.
The letter contains all the information and instructions you will need to be aware of. But just in case, some key details are set out below.
Where will the Flu Clinic take place?
Our practice is open on Saturday 12th September from 9.30-12.30. To book your child's flu vaccine please contact the surgery.
We will also be doing drive thru flu clinics in:
- Ikea Croydon Valley Park Retail Area on 14th October 2020
- Crystal Palace Car Park (Sainsbury's Car Park) on 21st October 2020
Flu Clinic Video
Flu Clinics: Key information
Attending your surgery for a flu jab
- Please arrive at the time of your appointment
- Do NOT turn up if you have not booked an appointment
- Do not come if you are experiencing symptoms of a high temperature or dry persistent cough.
- Be aware that there will be an element of queuing outside, so come prepared for this
- Wear clothing that will allow your arm to be quickly and easily exposed
- Make sure you have a mask or other face covering to wear when inside the building.
Published: Sep 8, 2020