General information about the flu vaccine (“flu jab”)
Flu vaccination 2020
Because of social distancing requirements we are not able to have a Saturday morning flu clinic this year.
Over the next 6 months, the NHS aims to vaccinate everyone aged over 55, all patients aged between 18 and 55 who have an “at risk condition”, pre school children aged 2-5 and all primary school children.
This year however most of these vaccinations will not be done at the GP surgery.
Who can be vaccinated at the GP surgery?
GP surgeries in our area this year are only vaccinating those patients aged 18-64 who are most vulnerable to flu – we call this having an “at risk condition”.
“At risk conditions” which can make flu more dangerous include asthma, stroke, multiple sclerosis, COPD, liver problems such as cirrhosis or hepatitis, emphysema, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen, chronic heart disease, being very overweight (BMI >40), chronic kidney disease, HIV infection.
How do I get my flu jag?
You will only be able to make an appointment for a flu vaccination at the GP surgery if these 3 things are true:
- you are aged between 18 and 64
- your date of birth is on or after 1.4.1956
- you have an “at risk condition” and are NOT pregnant
Our flu clinics will start on Friday 2nd October. You MUST have an appointment and booking will open on Wednesday 23rd September. Please remember to wear a face covering to your appointment, to protect yourself and our staff.
What about everyone else?
- Over 65s: All patients born on or before 31.3.1956, (ie anyone who will be 65 or over on 31st March 2021) will be contacted by the Healthboard to arrange their vaccination. These patients cannot be immunised at the GP surgery as we will not have the appropriate vaccine in stock.
- Pregnant women will be immunised by the midwives
- All eligible children will be immunised by the Healthboard Children’s teams.
- Over 55s who don’t have an “at risk condition” will also be contacted by the Healthboard to arrange their vaccination.