FLU 2020

We will be sending invitations for flu vaccines to all eligible patients in October 2020. You will need to bring the letter with you so that we can vaccinate you. If you lose your letter we will be able to print another copy for you, but you may be asked to attend a flu clinic on another day if you arrive without your letter. This is because the barcode that your letter contains is essential for us to quickly and safely vaccinate all of you. 

Please be aware that NHS England have asked us to record the ethnicities of our patients, so you may be asked when you attend the flu clinic, and there will be an option to write it on your letter. You are free to refuse to tell us and your refusal will not impact your care here at all. 

The essential details of the letter are:

Thank you to everyone who attended our drive-through clinics. We are now holding ‘walk-through’ clinics at Wellsbourne Health Centre, from Mon 26th October- Fri 6th November, excluding weekends, from 1pm-2pm. The clinics will finish promptly at 2pm each day.

These clinics will involve queueing in a socially distanced one-way flow outside the health centre, on the library side, queueing to get your flu jab in the main entrance, on a first come-first serve basis. If you anticipate any difficulty with this, then please call and we will be able arrange an alternative.

You should not attend for your flu jab if you feel unwell.

You will be required to wear a face covering.

This year, flu vaccination is even more important because:

  • if you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems from flu
  • if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
  • it'll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus

If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It will be effective at helping to prevent flu.

Later in the year, the government is hoping to extend flu vaccinations to everyone between 50-64 years, but at the moment we are only able to vaccinate people who are 50-64 and have a long-term health condition, or are eligible because of where they work or who they live with (e.g. a household member was previously shielding).

 



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