Flu Vaccination 2020
This year because of COVID -19 we have had to change the way in which we operate our flu clinics. The team have been extremely busy trying to plan our clinics to ensure the safety of everyone, whilst at the same time dealing with the increased numbers of people we have to vaccinate so please be patient and work with us at this challenging time for everyone.
By choosing to have your flu Vaccination at the practice you are helping support the practice. Any profit from the flu vaccinations goes into developing patient services at the practice, so thank you for supporting your practice.
FLU SEASON AHEAD
Please follow the guidance below to help us to help you:
There are 2 different flu vaccinations for ADULTS
- Flu vaccination for over 65’s
- Flu vaccination for under 65’s
Vaccinations for children will commence in October (Saturday afternoons)
We will be vaccinating the over 65’s first from mid-September due to COVID-19 affecting the elderly population
From the beginning of October we will start the ‘At risk’ under 65 vaccinations
You will be able to pre- book your appointment from 14th August. We will have appointments available up until December. We will send you regular text reminders.
We will be offering appointments at Chaddesden and Borrowash only.
All flu vaccinations will have to be pre-booked, no walk in appointments will be available
We will be having a vaccination tent in the carpark, which we will be running all day Monday- Friday. We will also be running additional appointments on a Wednesday afternoon and Saturday mornings from the surgery building.
We will be offering flu jabs at the surgery on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. You will come in the front entrance, have your flu vaccination administered and leave the building via the back entrance.
This branch will remain closed for the time being .Oakwood Patients can be seen at Chaddesden or Borrowash surgeries.
University patients will be contacted later.
The practice will be arranging flu vaccinations for all of their patients in care homes.
Patients who are truly housebound can book on a home visiting list. We will contact you to let you know when we will be visiting.
Due to the increased amount of home visits, we ask that access to the property is made easily and patients are ready to be vaccinated to reduce time and risk for both the patient and clinician.
All staff will be wearing full PPE to protect you and them
Face coverings will be required to be worn by all patients receiving a flu vaccination
Attending a flu vaccination appointment
- If you have an appointment at the surgery, please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment. This is to ensure that we adhere to strict social distancing laws and have time to clean down properly between each patient.
- Please think about what you should wear. We need to get to the top of your arm. Please be ready with your arm exposed so we can immunise you as speedily as possible
- Attend alone or with only 1 carer/parent if you are unable to attend only
If you are unwell and have any signs of COVID- 19 such as a fever and/or a persistent cough- do not attend, we can re-book your appointment at a later date.
By working together we will try to help as many patients as possible alongside keeping everyone safe during the pandemic.
Thank you in advance for your co-operation
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE OVER 65 YEARS (ATIV) FLU VACCINE
Why is it important to get vaccinated against the flu?
Flu related illness is a major problem, particularly for people ages over 65 years, and can lead to complications, hospitalisation or even death. From 2014 to 2019, an average of up to 17,000 annual deaths (between 1,692 and 28,330) in England were attributed to flu. If you have an underlying health condition such as chronic hear, kidney, liver or respiratory disease the flu may make your condition worse.
As the flu virus changes every year, it is important to get vaccinated every winter.
What is aTIV?
As you get older, your immune system gets weaker- aTIV is a flu vaccine that specifically helps to protect those aged 65 years and over. aTIV is one of the flu vaccines recommended as being suitable for you by the NHS for the 2020/2021 flu season.
Does aTIV cause any side effects?
Like all vaccines, aTIV can cause side effects. Most reactions are mild or moderate and resolve spontaneously within 1 to 2 days.
Very Common Side Effects
- Muscle pain
- Pain and/or tenderness at the injection site
Common Side Effects
- Redness, swelling, bruising, hardness at or close to the injection site.
- Nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting
- Joint pain
- Fever, generally feeling unwell, shivering
aTIV contains inactivated virus parts, which cannot cause the flu.
Flu vaccines do not protect against the common cold, which has similar symptoms to the flu.
What should I do in case of any unexpected side effects?
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk – by reporting side affects you can help provide more on the safety of this medicine.
This leaflet should be read in conjunction with the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) available at: www.medicines.org.uk/emc