FLU VACCINATIONS 2020

IMPORTANT: FLU VACCINATIONS WILL CONTINUE DURING LOCKDOWN.


Changes have been made to make sure it's safe for you to have the flu vaccine at

GP surgeries and pharmacies.


These changes include social distancing, hand washing and wearing protective equipment. We need to keep everyone safe and ask that you wear a face covering when you attend the GP practice unless you have a health or disability reason for not wearing one.


It is important to go to your appointments unless you or someone you live with

has symptoms of coronavirus.


Due to high demand for the flu vaccine and measures we are taking to keep you

safe, there may be some delays getting a vaccination appointment.


This page provides more information about when you should expect to be contacted about getting a vaccination appointment.


Find out more about who should have the flu vaccine and why in English and

other languages

FLU VACCINE AND CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)


The flu vaccine is safe and effective. It Is offered FREE, to certain groups of people

every year to help protect those at risk of flu and its complications.


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Getting your flu vaccine this year is important because:

 if you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems

from flu

 if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more

likely to be seriously ill

 If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It'll be effective at

helping to prevent flu.


WHY AM I BEING ASKED TO WAIT TO HAVE MY FLU VACCINE?

Find out more about the 2020 flu vaccination programme.


WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT TO BE CONTACTED ABOUT A FLU VACCINATION?


ADULTS

Age 65 and over


WHEN SHOULD I BE CONTACTED?


You should have been contacted already, but if you have not been please contact

reception on 01702 333298.


DO I NEED TO BOOK?


YES – Please contact reception on 01702 333298 to book an appointment


Some community pharmacies are offering flu vaccination to adults at risk from flu.


If you have your flu vaccine at a pharmacy, you do not have to inform us. It's up to the pharmacist to do that.


More information: Click here for large print information


Vulnerable groups (aged from six months - 64 years of age) with the following

conditions*:


A list of conditions can be found here


WHEN SHOULD I BE CONTACTED?

You should have been contacted already, but if you have not been please contact

reception on 01702 333298


DO I NEED TO BOOK?

YES – Please contact reception on 01702 333298 to book an appointment


More information:

If you or the person you care for has a learning disability and they have a fear of

needles, please speak to us and we can look at alternatives.


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Colitis click here


Find out more in this EasyRead guide to having your flu vaccination during the

coronavirus pandemic.


Find out more about the flu vaccine in pregnancy.


Shielding households

Members of a household where an individual is on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or

individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on

most days over the winter


WHEN SHOULD I BE CONTACTED?

You should have been contacted already, but if you have not been please contact

reception on 01702 333298


DO I NEED TO BOOK?

YES – Please contact reception on 01702 333298 to book an appointment


Carers

Individuals who receive a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or

disabled person


WHEN SHOULD I BE CONTACTED?

If you are known to the practice as being a career, you should have been contacted

already, but if you have not please contact reception on 01702 333298 to book an

appointment


DO I NEED TO BOOK?

YES – Please contact reception on 01702 333298 to book an appointment


Health & social care staff

Staff directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients / residents / clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza, including:


 registered residential care

 nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider employees

 voluntary managed hospice provider employees

 health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants


Employers are responsible for vaccinating frontline healthcare staff and any social care workers not included in the above definition.


WHEN SHOULD I BE CONTACTED?

You should have been contacted already, but if you have not been please contact

reception on 01702 333298


DO I NEED TO BOOK?

YES – Please contact reception on 01702 333298 to book an appointment


People aged 50 to 64 who do not have a chronic long-term condition

For 50 to 64 year olds, who do not have a health condition that puts them at risk from flu, you will be offered the vaccine later on and should wait to be invited for a vaccination.


CHILDREN - 2 and 3 year olds


You can have your NHS flu vaccine at:

 your GP surgery

 or through your hospital midwifery service if they offer it for pregnant women


More information in English and other languages: Find out more information

about protecting your child from the flu


WHEN SHOULD I BE CONTACTED?

You should have been contacted already, but if you have not been please contact

reception on 01702 333298


DO I NEED TO BOOK?

YES – Please contact reception on 01702 333298 to book an appointment


Children age 4-11


The Childhood Vaccination Programme is open to all school age children and young people in Reception, Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 who attend schools in Southend, Thurrock and Essex:


If your child is not currently attending a school in Essex, Southend or Thurrock or has

missed their flu appointment at school they can be booked into community clinics – please see below information.


If you live in and around Southend, Rayleigh, Canvey, please call 01702 220181 or email

epunft.SE-Immunisations@nhs.net


If you live in and around the Basildon and Brentwood or Thurrock area, please call 01375

364663 or email epunft.sw-Immunisations@nhs.net


If you live in and around the Chelmsford area, please call 01376 302769 or email epunft.Mid-Immunisations@nhs.net


More in formation: Find out more information about protecting your child from

the flu


EGG ALLERGIES


You can still get a flu vaccine if you have an egg allergy.


For children, the LAIV vaccine (nasal spray) is safe for children with an egg allergy, but

those that have previously been admitted to intensive care for severe anaphylaxis to egg

should be vaccinated in a hospital. The nasal spray is also less likely to cause whole-body reactions than an injected vaccine.


For adults there are a number of vaccines with low egg contents that are safe to use, and a vaccine that is not grown in eggs that has no egg contents. Speak to your GP or pharmacist to identify the right vaccine for you.

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