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Flu Plan 2021/22

THE ROSSINGTON PRACTICE FLU PLAN 2021/22

 

 

The government strongly advises that everyone who is eligible for a free vaccination takes up the offer to avoid widespread flu outbreaks while we continue to deal with the Coronavirus. It is everyone's responsibility to be vaccinated, not only to protect them from illness, but also to protect others by not spreading the flu virus in the community, which in turn protects the NHS as a whole.

 

The Partners and Managers have been working together on detailed planning with an aim to ensuring that there is a smooth delivery of the vaccine to the patients most at risk of flu, and also endeavouring to ensure that we have sufficient stocks available within the locality. We have also been training additional clinical staff to deliver the vaccinations.

 

We have been discussing and planning how to do this with the additional safety measures required due to the challenges of COVID-19 - social distancing; infection control; PPE requirements; managing the volume of clinical waste generated by the PPE; rapid changes in instructions and guidance and for some, potentially changing where the vaccine clinics are delivered, such as outside clinics and risk assessing these sites. With sufficient detailed planning and preparation, the aim is to mitigate risks and deliver an effective and timely vaccination programmes to protect our eligible and at risk patients.

 

How will the Flu Clinics function

Due to COVID-19 we will be running our Flu Clinics on Saturdays, outside our normal weekday clinics, to allow for social distancing as well as planned clinics with appointment times.  Unlike previous years, we will be following an appointment booking system and not offering a “drop in” as we have done previously.  Appointments will be brief and we will be unable to discuss any health concerns outside the influenza vaccine.  Please see further instruction below:

  • Attend on your own unless you need help in mobilising.
  • Please do not bring children and other family members with you to your appointment. We will only be allowing the patient with an appointment into the surgery.
  • We will be asking patients to queue in the car park prior to their appointment. If it is raining on the day, please come prepared with an umbrella as the queue will be outside for a short period of time.
  • Do not arrive early or late for your appointment time: we have allocated a strict number of patients per period to ensure that people are queueing for the minimum of time and social distancing is maintained.
  • Please wear a face covering.
  • Wear clothing which makes it easy to expose your upper arm and shoulder. The vaccinations will be given in the doorways of the rooms to comply with infection control.
  • There will be no chairs available to sit while waiting, and you will not be able to sit whilst having the vaccination (for infection control). If you think you will struggle with this, please speak to the queue marshall on arrival.
  • We encourage you not to touch anything in the practice. Bring your own hand sanitiser to use should you wish to.
  • Please follow the instructions for queueing. The queue will be controlled to ensure social distancing. If you are in a wheelchair or have very limited mobility, please make yourself known to the queue marshall
  • Please heed the instructions of the staff who are supervising the patient flow – they are there for your safety.
  • Do not attend if you or any members of your household have symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been told to isolate. Contact us the following week and we will rebook you when you are able to leave isolation.

 

Eligibility

We are delivering our flu vaccine programme to an expanded range of patients this year:

  • All over 65’s
  • All patients at risk due to a medical condition – see the following full list of eligible conditions.
  • Carers as detailed below.
  • Infants aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020, not otherwise at risk.
  • Patients who were ‘Shielding,’ and any persons who shares a residence with a shielding patient – this is a new cohort of patients for this year. If you were on the Shielded list and someone lives with you permanently who is not registered locally, please ask them to register as soon as possible so they can be vaccinated to protect you.
  • A 50-64’s programme is also planned and this group of patients are to be vaccinated in addition this year.

 

  • Below is a full list of all those eligible for the free flu vaccination on the NHS this year (2021/2022):
  • all children aged two to eleven (but not yet twelve) on 31 August 2021. Children aged 4 to 11 are vaccinated at school, we will not be able to offer this service.
  • aged 65 years or over (including those turning 65 years by 31 March 2022)
  • aged from six months to under 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group with:
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure, heart attack or angina.
  • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease, e.g. Parkinson’s or motor neurone disease
  • a learning disability
  • Diabetes
  • 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 who become pregnant during 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. These vaccinations are provided by the employer.
  • 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. These vaccinations are provided by the employer.

 

What can you do now?

Ensure that The Rossington Practice has your most up-to-date contact information on record so that you receive our notifications promptly.

 

If you choose to have your vaccination somewhere else, such as a pharmacy or supermarket it could put the variety and volume of services we offer at risk.

 

When are the Flu Clinics?

Child Flu Vaccine Clinics- Children aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2021 – children born between 1st September 2017 and 31 August 2019 are eligible for the nasal spray at the surgery.

 

Text messages and invites will be sent out as soon as we are notified of our delivery schedule.

 

If you do not receive an invite by early October, please contact the surgery to enquire.

 

 

FLU SEASON 2022/2022 –CALL 01302 868421 FOR AN APPOINTMENT

 

 

 

Additional information : Updated 07.09.2021

Unfortunately many flu jab appointments are having to be rescheduled because of an unavoidable delay in the delivery of the vaccines to GPs.

The UK’s main supplier has said there may be hold-ups of around a fortnight because of "unforeseen challenges linked with road freight delays". While they are working hard to resolve the issue we may have to postpone your flu jab and will book you back in as soon as we can. Apologies for this inconvenience.

If you already have your appointment booked, we will be in touch as soon as we have received further information on our delivery dates. We will not be arranging any new appointments until we have received clear dates on deliveries.

Thank you.

 

 

 

PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW FOR UP TO DATE ADVICE ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

 

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Guidance for patients and the public

General information

Guidance is available on nhs.uk and on the government website including what to do if people have symptoms, stay at home guidance, advice on handwashing, and advice on social distancing.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service, running alongside its standard online service, which can provide advice to patients with an urgent health concerns. The NHS 111 telephone service should be used only when absolutely necessary.

People at increased risk from COVID-19

Those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) are advised to stringently follow social distancing measures. This includes anyone over 70, anyone under 70 who would qualify for a flu jab on health grounds, and pregnant women. Full guidance can be found here.

stay at home guidance for households

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

 

 

 

 

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