Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2020/21

The Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its many complications.

The Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death amongst at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition. Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu.

It will not stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it’s not a 100% guarantee that you’ll be flu-free. But if you do get flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.

Eligible patients have a right to decline the vaccine should they not wish to have it. We would be grateful if you have been invited to let us know if you do not want the vaccine by signing the attached disclaimer form below. This enables us to keep our records up to date and will prevent you from receiving another invite this year. Please note you will still be invited next year.

Influenza clinic new Practice guidance

In this year’s flu programme we will be operating differently to reduce transmission and risk, patients will be required to walk to the Car Park at the back of the building on New Welcome Street and come through the FIRST GATE on the right from Reilly Street End. You can screenshot this if you have the facility to as a directional reminder.

Due to concerns with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are asking ALL patients to please wear a face mask when attending the Practice, this can be a surgical mask, bandana or scarf as long as it covers both your mouth and nose, this is to protect you and staff members.

Prior to the assigned Flu clinics The Arch Medical Practice would like to take this opportunity to reassure patients that extensive measures will be taken to reduce transmission risk to keep all patients and staff safe.

Social distancing markers will be placed on the floor with directionally placed cones to instruct patients where to go, we will have member of staff at the back gates and back door instructing patients which rooms to go into and to check you in. This is so we can structure and monitor the amount of patients coming and leaving the building at one time, ensuring social distancing is kept in-tact.

What is flu?

Flu is an unpleasant disease that spreads quickly and easily through coughing and sneezing. Flu can also give you headaches, a sore throat, fever, chills, and muscle and joint aches.

Those people who are at risk, either because of their age or medical conditions, may develop complications such as chest infections and pneumonia

Why get the vaccine?

The vaccine provides the best available protection against flu. It is not 100% but it will protect a significant number of people and reduce the severity of flu if you get it. It could also help your relatives or carers because you will not be passing the disease to them.

Who should get it?

Young babies, older people, pregnant women and those who have other underlying health conditions, especially those of the lungs, heart, liver or kidneys, are particularly vulnerable to serious complications and possibly hospitalization. Every year in the UK a number of people in these groups die from the complications of flu.

  • All children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2020.
  • Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/
  • Pregnant women.
  • Those aged 65 years and over.
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes.
  • Carers.
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals.
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider.

Anyone in an at risk group is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

What are the types of flu vaccine?

There are several types of flu vaccine. You’ll be offered one that’s most effective for you, depending on your age:

  • Children aged 2 to 17 in an eligible group are offered a live attenuated quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV), given as a nasal spray
  • Adults aged 18 to 64 who are pregnant, at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition, or a frontline health or social care worker are offered a quadrivalent injected vaccine – the vaccine offered will have been grown either in eggs or cells (QIVe or QIVc), both of which are considered to be equally suitable
  • Adults aged 65 and over will be offered either an adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine grown in eggs (aTIV) or a cell-grown quadrivalent injected vaccine (QIVc) – both vaccines are considered to be equally suitable

I’ve heard the vaccine can give you flu, is that true?

No; the flu vaccine that is given to adults is made from dead flu virus and cannot cause the infection. The flu vaccine that will be given to most children is a live vaccine, but the viruses in it have been weakened so they can not cause flu.

You may get some side effects after the vaccination but these are quite mild like a slightly raised temperature or aching muscles for a couple of days or an ache in the arm where the injection was given. Other reactions are very rare.

You can find out more by reading the answers to the most common questions that people have about the flu vaccine.

Is there anybody who should not have the flu vaccine?

Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.

You should also avoid having the flu vaccine if you are allergic to egg or have a fever, temperature or common cold type symptoms, for further information on who should haven’t the vaccine please follow the attached link. Read more about who should not have the flu vaccine