Flu Campaign 2020
FAQs on flu vaccine and more information
Do I need to book an appointment?
Yes, you need to ring the surgery and book an appointment. We DO NOT do walk-in clinics
Is it safe?
Yes! Flu vaccines are an important way to keep both ourselves and those around us healthy. This is especially important with Covid-19 also circulating.
All vaccines have side effects and the person administering it will discuss this at the time.
If the patient is not sure, please encourage them to come in so we can address their concerns.
Who gives the flu vaccine?
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health care assistants all give flu vaccines. Patients can also get it at their local pharmacy.
Can I have it when I come in for my other appointment?
Yes, as long as the clinician has time, we will give it even if the patient is here for something else.
Does it contain gelatine?
The standard children's vaccine contains porcine gelatin, although the amount is very small.
If parents have concerns about this, please encourage them to still come for the appointment, and discuss the issue with the clinician. There are alternatives available.
Can you refer me / my relative to get a flu vaccine at home?
Yes, if the patient is housebound. District nurses and the My Care My Way team have a list of housebound patients and they should be in contact with the patient soon. If you have not heard from anyone by the end of September, please call the surgery.
We do not control over when housebound patients will be vaccinated.
Should my child have the vaccine at the GP surgery or at school?
School-aged children will be offered the vaccine at school. They only need to contact the surgery if they have a medical contion and have missed it at school.
2 and 3 year olds should have the vaccine here.
Is it just one dose?
For almost everyone, yes, it's just a single dose
Children in clinical risk groups who are having the flu vaccine for the first time need two doses, 4 weeks apart. The clinician will discuss this with the patient when giving the first dose, so you only need to book one appointment.
Will it be an injection?
For adults, yes.
For children, no. The flu vaccine is administered to children using a nasal spray. It is completely painless.
Patients can also have flu jab at their local community pharmacy
Eligible patients over the age of 18 can now book a flu vaccination at their local community pharmacy in one of three convenient ways. GP practices are welcome to include these options in their communications to patients:
• 1. Telephone or visit the pharmacy of your choice and ask to book a flu vaccination
• 2. Book your flu vaccination online at any local pharmacy other than Boots via https://myvaccinations.co.uk
• 3. Book your vaccination at Boots online at https://www.boots.com/online/pharmacy-services/winter-flu-jab-services
Who is eligible to receive the free flu vaccine this year:
• Pregnant women
• Children aged 2- 11 years old
• Member of a shielding household
• 65+ years old
• Frontline health and social care workers
• Those with a long-term health condition (LTHC) such as:
o a heart problem
o a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
o a kidney disease
o lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
o liver disease
o had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
o a neurological condition, e.g. multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy
o a learning disability
o a problem with your spleen, e.g. sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
o are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
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