- Asthmatics who take regular inhaled or oral steroids or who have had hospital admissions for asthma
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Lung fibrosis
- Pneumoconiosis (Dust)
Influenza Vaccination 2020/21- Flu clinics
Please do not start queueing until your allocated time slots, if too many patients arrive at the beginning of the time slot we may have to ask you to wait to minimise queues. Please park in the rear surgery car park and you will see signs as to where to queue at the rear of the building.
Frequently asked questions about the Flu Vaccine this year
I am in one of the listed groups. Why am I being asked to wait to have my flu vaccine?
Overall there is no shortage of flu vaccine with enough ordered to vaccinate 30 million people. However, it is usual for manufacturers to stagger deliveries of vaccine so you may have to wait to receive your vaccination.
Why are some people still being offered the vaccine and not others?
There are several types of flu vaccines available. You will be offered one that is recommended for you based on your age. This means some people will be offered a flu vaccine that is in stock while others, who need a different type of vaccine, may have to wait.
UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 5, 2020
On July 24, 2020, the Government announced that more patients will be eligible for a flu jab this year, including over 50s, shielded patients and their households.
How the additional stocks necessary will be made available and how support will be provided for the massive logistical problem of vaccinating half of the entire UK population whilst trying to maintain safe working practices remains to be seen.
Our understanding is that those aged 50-64 years MAY be offered vaccination subject to the at-risk groups being vaccinated first and there being sufficient supply left. With regard to additional eligible groups, we are currently working on correctly identifying such patients.
We will keep this page updated with the latest information.
You can have the flu jab if you are in these groups (example conditions are shown under each category)
- Congenital heart disease
- Heart failure
- Heart attack, angina, and other ischaemic heart diseases
- Peripheral vascular (circulation) disease
- Rheumatic heart disease
- TIA ('mini-stroke')
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cerebral palsy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spinal disease or paralysis affecting lung function
- Learning disability
- Kidney failure
- Kidney impairment
- Kidney transplant
- Liver transplant
- Diabetic patients on diet only, oral drugs or injections
- Pituitary gland disorders
- Addison's disease (lack of natural body steroids)
- No spleen (e.g. due to injury or illness)
- On long term steroids
- On cytotoxic or immunity suppressing drugs e.g., rheumatoid arthritis injections, active or recent cancer treatment
- HIV infection or AIDS
- Coeliac disease (wheat intolerance)
- Systemic lupus
- Certain blood disorders and blood cancers
- All currently pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
The following groups cannot have a flu jab at the surgery but may be eligible elsewhere, such as from employer or school
- All frontline health and social care workers should receive a vaccination from their employer,'in order to meet their responsibility to protect their staff and patients and ensure the overall safe running of services.
- Previous conditions with full recovery or which are now stable. Patients who have previously had chest infections with no residual long term problems are not at any more risk of respiratory complications from developing flu than that of the general population
- Patients who have previously had treatment for cancer and are now either recovered or stable with no active ongoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment
- Babies under 6 months of age. Flu jabs are not recommended in children in this age group even in the presence of at-risk conditions
- Children to be vaccinated at school. All primary school children and year 7 of secondary school'(date of birth between September 1st 2008 and August 31st 2016 inclusive)'will be invited separately and vaccinated at school - download an information leaflet''(NB: Children with at-risk conditions can be vaccinated at the surgery if wished)
- Non-eligible patients requesting the flu jab privately. Unfortunately, though we would be happy to do so, unfair and restrictive
clauses in our contract mean that, unlike pharmacies and supermarkets, we are not permitted to offer flu jabs to any of our non-eligible patients privately - if you wish to challenge this, please contact your MP.
INFORMATION ABOUT ELIGIBILITY
Department of Health guidance forms the main basis for the eligibility criteria are shown above. Criteria are subject to change according to the latest medical guidance and eligibility for flu jabs are at the discretion of the doctor based on his or her clinical judgment.