Seasonal Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation
Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?
Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.
Who Is At Risk?
Seasonal Flu Vaccination 2020/21
This year more than ever, it is really important that people get their flu jab to help us help you stay well this winter. This is particularly important for those in high risk groups as flu can cause severe complications. Flu spreads from person to person, even amongst those not showing any symptoms. Whilst the threat may be invisible, the protection against it is clear.
With winter fast approaching we know that flu is a worry for many of our patients.
This year it is more important than ever for those who are eligible* to safely have the free flu vaccination. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we must ensure that we follow social distancing and offer alternative methods to how we have historically delivered our flu clinics.
We are excited to announce that this year we will be offering our patients a drive through flu clinic. Conveniently located at Blackbushe Airport (Camberley, GU17 9LQ) the drive through clinic allows patients to be safely administered with the flu vaccine in the comfort of their own car.
The clinic will operate on on the following dates between the hours of 8.30am til 6.00pm and at weekends between 9.30am til 12.30.
Monday 28th September – 65’s and over only
Tuesday 29th September – 65’s and overs only
Saturday 3rd October – 65’s and overs only
Sunday 4th October – under 65’s only
Wednesday 7th October – 65’s and over only
Thursday 15th October - under 65’s only
Friday 16th October – under 65’s only
Friday 23rd October – under 65’s only
Saturday 24th October – under 65’s only
Monday 26th October - over 65's only
Tuesday 27th October - over 65's only
further clinics to be confirmed
Dependent on patient demand and supply, we may extend the clinic and open it to 50-64 year olds after the initial seven week period.
While we encourage all patients to either drive or be driven to our drive-through clinic, we understand that this may not be possible in some cases. Please call us to discuss your circumstances and we will ensure that you will have access to a flu vaccination.
To book an appointment, please phone us on 01252 835016 or 01252 317551.You will be allocated a timed appointment on a specified date. Do not turn up without an appointment.
A right turn into Blackbushe Airport across the traffic flow is not advised. We suggest you drive around the next roundabout and turn in from the left side of the road.
Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your appointment time as we may not be able to accommodate you and you may be asked to return at your specified time.
*To find out if you are eligible for the free flu vaccination click here.
When you arrive
When you arrive onsite please follow the one-way system. Traffic marshals will be on hand to help direct you.
We ask that all people over the age of 10 in the car to wear face masks when at the drive through clinic unless they have an exemption.
Please stay inside your vehicle and a nurse will administer the vaccination through the open window. Please ensure that you are wearing a short-sleeved shirt/dress, or have the ability to have your sleeve rolled up to your shoulder. Please ensure to sit with the arm which you would like to have the vaccination in next to an open window of the car.
If you feel unwell with a high temperature on the day of your booking, it's best to delay having the flu vaccine until you have recovered. Please call us to cancel and rearrange your booking.
There's no need to delay having the flu vaccine if you have a minor illness with no high temperature, such as a cold.
If you are displaying Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), do not come to the flu clinic. Please call us to cancel and rearrange your booking. If you have Covid-19 symptoms you must get tested. Click here to find out more.
Below is a full list of all those eligible for the free flu vaccination on the NHS this year (2020/2021):
• all children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
• people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
• those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group such as those with:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
- learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
- people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7).
- those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
- health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
- health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.
Additionally, flu vaccinations might be offered under the NHS towards the end of the year to individuals aged between 50-64. Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
For more information on flu, please click here.
Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?
Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.