Influenza Vaccination 2020/21 Flu Clinic Dates

Stowhealth Flu Vaccination Clinics For Patients Aged 50-64 year olds

Stowhealth will be holding ‘walk in’ flu jab clinics to vaccinate our 50-64 year olds.

Please attend according to the first letter of your surname on the following dates:

*Sunday 6th December                 9am-1pm             Surnames beginning A-F

*Sunday 13th December                10am-2pm          Surnames beginning G-M

*Sunday 20th December                11am- 3pm         Surnames beginning N-Z

You DO NOT need to contact us to book an appointment slot.

There is no need to rush - vaccinators will be available throughout the sessions

Please prepare to help us by:

·         Not attending if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (new cough, temperature, loss of sense of smell +/- taste), a positive COVID swab result in the last 10 days or you are awaiting a COVID swab result. Also if you have had contact with someone with COVID symptoms or a positive swab.

·         Wearing clothing that you can quickly and easily remove to expose your upper arm of choice. (Most people choose their non-dominant arm).

·         Being prepared to wait in a socially distanced queue, some of which may be outside.

·         Walking to the surgery if possible to free up space in our car park.

·         Not attending if you have a severe allergy to eggs or any previous vaccinations.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we WILL NOT be offering walk-in clinics this year. All appointments will need to be PRE-BOOKED appointments. Our planned dates are below but additional clinics will be added in due course.

 

65's & Over (65 Years by 31st March 2021) & Age 18-64 in 'At Risk Group'

If you are 65 & over or in the 'at risk' group and have still not had your vaccination, please contact the surgery to book an appointment.  Please do not attend the above walk-in clinic if you are in these categories as it is a different vaccine.

The easiest way to book your appointment is through AskmyGP.

Click here to use AskmyGP to book your flu appointment

Alternatively please phone 01449 776000 (after 2 PM if possible) to book your appointment.

 

Please note that all of the above appointments will be held on the 1st floor, but lifts WILL NOT be in operation. If you are unable to use the stairs please speak to the surgery so an alternative appointment can be arranged. 

 

 


Eligible Groups

You can have the flu jab if you are in these groups (example conditions are shown under each category)

Long Term Lung Conditions

  • Asthmatics who take regular inhaled or oral steroids or who have had hospital admissions for asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung fibrosis
  • Pneumoconiosis (Dust)

Long term heart or circulation conditions

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack, angina, and other ischaemic heart diseases
  • Peripheral vascular (circulation) disease
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy

Long term neurological (brain/nerve) conditions

  • Stroke
  • TIA ('mini-stroke')
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Dementia
  • Spinal disease or paralysis affecting lung function
  • Myaesthenia
  • Learning disability

Long term kidney conditions

  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney impairment
  • Kidney transplant

Long term liver conditions

  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver transplant

Endocrine (hormonal) conditions

  • Diabetic patients on diet only, oral drugs or injections
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Addison's disease (lack of natural body steroids)

Reduced immunity due to medical conditions or drugs

  • No spleen (e.g. due to injury or illness)
  • On long term steroids
  • On cytotoxic or immunity suppressing drugs e.g., rheumatoid arthritis injections, active or recent cancer treatment
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Coeliac disease (wheat intolerance)
  • Systemic lupus
  • Certain blood disorders and blood cancers

Pregnant Women

  • All currently pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy     

Age or circumstance

  • Anybody aged 65 years and over including those becoming 65 by March 31st 2021 (date of birth on or before March 31st, 1956)
  • Long stay residential care homes patients
  • Carers who are in receipt of a carer's allowance, main carers, or those carers who regularly look after a person whose welfare would be at risk if they (the carer) become ill
  • NEW Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payment (personal bugets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users
  • Morbidly obese patients (BMI of 40 or above)
  • NEW Those who live in the same accommodation as patients on the Shielding list
  • Consideration will be given to vaccinating those who are in the same household as someone with a severely suppressed immune system - cases will be considered individually and vaccination is not guaranteed
  • Children aged 2 to 3 years (date of birth between September 1st 2016 and August 31st 2018 inclusive) - download an information leaflet 

Coronavirus COVID-19 has meant that we have to carry out flu clinic a little differently this year. PLEASE NOTE: this process is subject to change.

  • If you are unwell or have any fever or coronavirus symptoms, you must not attend.
  • Please arrive at your booked appointment time - do not come too early or at a random time as we do not want any overcrowding.
  • You will need to wear a face-covering which covers your nose and mouth.
  • You will need to queue with strict social distancing using a one-way route through the building - just like at the supermarket.
  • On arrival you will need to sanitse your hands and will have your temperature checked.
  • Once vaccinated, you will leave the building via the fire exit to the car park.

Non-Eligible Groups

The following groups cannot have a flu jab at the surgery but may be eligible elsewhere, such as from employer or school

  • All frontline health and social care workers should receive a vaccination from their employer,'in order to meet their responsibility to protect their staff and patients and ensure the overall safe running of services.
  • Previous conditions with full recovery or which are now stable. Patients who have previously had chest infections with no residual long term problems are not at any more risk of respiratory complications from developing flu than that of the general population
  • Patients who have previously had treatment for cancer and are now either recovered or stable with no active ongoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment
  • Babies under 6 months of age. Flu jabs are not recommended in children in this age group even in the presence of at-risk conditions
  • Children to be vaccinated at school. All primary school children and year 7 of secondary school'(date of birth between September 1st 2008 and August 31st 2016 inclusive)'will be invited separately and vaccinated at school - download an information leaflet''(NB: Children with at-risk conditions can be vaccinated at the surgery if wished)
  • Non-eligible patients requesting the flu jab privately. Unfortunately, though we would be happy to do so, unfair and restrictive

    clauses in our contract mean that, unlike pharmacies and supermarkets, we are not permitted to offer flu jabs to any of our non-eligible patients privately - if you wish to challenge this, please contact your MP.

    INFORMATION ABOUT ELIGIBILITY

    Department of Health guidance forms the main basis for the eligibility criteria are shown above. Criteria are subject to change according to the latest medical guidance and eligibility for flu jabs are at the discretion of the doctor based on his or her clinical judgment.

Support Your GP Surgery

We know that other providers like pharmacies and supermarkets offer flu jabs to patients.

Like all other practices, we rely on funding from each flu jab we give to help cover running costs and to keep the practice viable and maintain services

Every single flu jab you have elsewhere means loss of funding for your GP surgery, which puts them even more at risk.

Regardless of what anybody might say, you are definitely NOT helping us by having your flu jab with someone else

We are more than capable of administering thousands of flu jabs each year as we have been doing for decades

Therefore, please support your local surgery by having your flu jab with us.

By choosing us, you will be vaccinated by a qualified member of our Clinical team; who will have access to your medical records and are properly equipped for emergencies

By having your flu jab with us, you are ensuring that crucial resources stay with your GP surgery.

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