Influenza Vaccination 2020/21 - Flu Clinics 

When? Where? Who?

Saturday 26th September 2020:

8:00am - 11:30am

Chesterfield Drive Practice Drive Children aged 2-3

Saturday 3rd October 2020:

8:30am - 1:00pm

11th Ipswich Scout Hut, 33 Chesterfield Drive Over 65's only

Saturday 3rd October 2020:

1:45pm - 4:00pm

11th Ipswich Scout Hut, 33 Chesterfield Drive Shielded patients age 18 and over

Saturday 17th October 2020:

8:00am - 11:30am

11th Ipswich Scout Hut, 33 Chesterfield Drive Patients aged 18-64 in 'at risk' groups

Saturday 28th November 2020:

8:00am - 11:30am

11th Ipswich Scout Hut, 33 Chesterfield Drive Patients aged 18-64 in 'at risk' groups

The current advertised ‘Flu Clinics’ are restricted to over 65s and existing at-risk groups between ages 18-64.  We are aware that the Government intends to immunise patients over 50, however, no additional stocks of vaccine have been allocated as yet, therefore these patients will be offered immunisation at a later date, subject to the at-risk groups being vaccinated first and sufficient supply being left. A child flu clinic will run at a later date to be confirmed, please see our website for further details in due course.

 

You should NOT attend this clinic unless you are over 65 OR in an existing at-risk group and have a pre-booked appointment, as we will be unable to vaccinate you.

 

To book an appointment, please call the surgery on 01473 741349 and press option 1.

 

There are various flu appointments available throughout the forthcoming weeks' with our Nursing Team, if you are unable to attend any of the bespoke clinics listed, please call the surgery on the number above.

 

Patient Checklist

  • Please wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose and sanitise your hands upon arrival and departure.
  • Wear appropriate clothing (there will be no modesty screens).
  •  Parking at the Scout Hut is prohibited, please ensure you use the car park at the surgery or off-road parking in the surrounding streets.
  •  Please attend your appointment on your own, unless you require assistance.
  • Please attend your appointment at the booked time – do not come too early or at a random time as we do not want any overcrowding.
  • You will need to queue with strict social-distancing using a one-way route through the Scout Hut.
  • YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEND THE FLU CLINIC IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD ARE UNWELL OR HAVE A FEVER OR CORONA VIRUS SYMPTOMS
  • Care Navigator staff will direct you where to go upon arrival

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 

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
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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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