Following the success of the flu campaign last year, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering our annual flu vaccine clinics on the following dates:
- Battle Health Centre – Saturday 18th September starting at 8am
- Robertsbridge Village Hall – Saturday 25th September starting at 8am
We will be sending out invitations to all those eligible for an NHS flu vaccine (see list below), via text message (or letter for those individuals for whom we do not have a mobile number). Booking instructions will be outlined in the invitation.
To allow for social distancing, we will be booking people appointments like last year. Please arrive promptly at that time, not before, not after. Once again, the clinics will be supported by volunteers from the surgery’s Patient Participation Group (PPG), Helping Hands and others and we are indebted to them all for offering their time and support in providing this important public service.
We strongly encourage anyone who receives an invitation from the surgery to book for one of these two dates. Doing so will enable us to provide your vaccine in a Covid-secure fashion efficiently and, by reducing the need for further flu clinics, will allow the surgery to continue prioritising our routine work, chronic disease reviews and plan for our expected involvement in Covid-boosters when more information is available.
Instructions for the day
The set up will be the same as last year with:
- queuing outside – please dress appropriately for the weather
- no parking on site other than for those with mobility issues
- please wear a face mask and social distance at all times except when receiving your vaccine
- only bring another person with you if they are also receiving a flu vaccine or if necessary for your safety; no children unless absolutely necessary
- please wear a short sleeve top that leaves your upper arm bare. Please uncover your arm as you get towards the front of the queue so you are ready as soon as you are called forward
- On entering the building, you will be guided towards one of our GPs who will be wearing PPE. Your name and date of birth will be checked and you will receive your vaccine. Please avoid touching any surfaces whilst on site. The GP or nurse will aim to give you your vaccine without touching your skin – please follow their instructions on the day.
- Should you feel unwell at the clinic, please talk to a member of the team
- To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, it would be helpful if everyone attending took personal steps to reduce the likelihood of needing to use the lavatories on site – please ‘GO’ before you attend. Facilities are available but resources will need to be diverted to keep them sanitised.
- If you or a household contact have recently developed Covid symptoms, including a cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, or you are isolating due to contact with a confirmed case, then please follow Government guidance to stay at home and do not attend the clinic. If you present with symptoms, you will be asked to leave and invited to attend for your flu vaccination on another date.
The following groups of children are eligible for the nasal spray flu vaccine:
- children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2021 – born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019
- all primary school children (reception to year 6)
- all year 7 to year 11 children in secondary school
- children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions
Children in primary school and secondary school will be immunised by the School Nursing Team at school.
Children aged 2 or 3 years and those aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions will be immunised by us at the surgery. For practical and safety reasons, we will be running separate flu clinics for children. Those patients/families will be contacted directly once the nasal spray flu vaccines are made available to the surgery.
For further information on the children’s nasal spray flu vaccine, visit nhs uk: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/
Whilst there has been a lot of talk recently about the co-administration of a Covid-booster, we have yet to have any details of this. We are therefore prioritising our flu campaign, to ensure as many eligible individuals can get their flu jab as quickly as possible.
Who is eligible for the flu vaccine?
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to patients who:
- are 65 and over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions which means they are more ‘at risk’ if they get the flu
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- frontline health or social care workers
Patients aged 50 to 64 years are also eligible this year but will only be invited once the above groups have received their vaccine. They are able to get their flu vaccine at a pharmacy if they prefer not to wait.
More guidance on flu vaccination
For more guidance on the flu vaccination, visit nhs.uk: