Binfield Surgery
Terrace Road North
Binfield
Bracknell, Berks
RG42 5JG
Tel: 01344 286264

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Flu Vaccinations 2020

Dated: 22-Sep-20

Flu 2020

We have been exploring options on how best we can deliver the flu vaccine to you this year with the on-going threat of Covid-19.

 

We have had to factor in social distancing and for this reason we have hired the Hall at King’s Academy school, Binfield for the vaccinations this season. We want to ensure we keep our patients as safe as possible.

 

Flu vaccinations will be by appointment only, booked in advance, and you will be notified by text, email or letter when the appointments become available. Please do not call before you are notified to do so, but please ensure you have notified us of any changes to your contact details.

 

Clinic appointments will be from 8:30am to 11.30

 

The full address of the venue is King’s Academy, St. George's Park ​​​​, Binfield,
Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 4FS

 

Saturday 3rd October – Over 65 only

Saturday 31st October - Over 65 and Under 65’s who are ‘at risk’ 

Saturday 7th November - Over 65 and Under 65’s who are ‘at risk’

Saturday 21st November - Over 65 and Under 65’s who are ‘at risk’, & Fluenz for 2 & 3 year olds

 

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. 

 

Dependant on uptake at the above clinics we will look to add more on later dates.

 

Instructions for attendance at an off–site clinic. 

·       Appointments will be made two minutes apart to enable social distancing.

·       The slots will be timed, but only as an estimate. Please expect to wait should it be necessary to achieve social distancing

·       Please do not arrive at the venue any earlier or later as we have allocated a strict number of patients per period to ensure you are queuing for the minimum amount of time and social distancing is maintained.

·       Please wear a face covering. We are unable to vaccinate you if you are exempt from wearing a mask at these clinics. Please contact the surgery reception team for advice.

·       We encourage you not to touch anything whilst you are with us. Bring your own hand sanitiser to use should you wish to.

·       Please attend on your own unless you need help in mobilising

·       Please follow the instructions for queuing. 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 marshals.

·       There will be no chairs available to sit while waiting.  If you think you will struggle with this, please speak to a queue marshal on arrival.

·       Wear clothing which makes it easy to expose your upper arm

·       If it is raining on the day, please come prepared with an umbrella as the queue may be outside for a short period of time.

·       Please heed the instructions of the staff who are supervising the patient flow – they are there for your safety.

 

Nasal Flu for children 2020

Binfield Surgery will vaccinate all 2 and 3 year olds and children in the ‘at risk’ groups aged 4 to 17.

 

You will be notified when to contact the surgery to book an appointment. The vaccinations will be given in special childhood flu clinics at the surgery, as well as some at the end of our flu clinic at King’s Academy on the 21st November if required. These will be available by appointment only.

 

For all flu clinics – on site or off site:

If you have a severe allergy to eggs or have reacted in the past to the flu vaccine, please make sure you let the clinician know when you have your vaccine.  

 

Do not attend if you have COVID symptoms (LINK) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

 

Do not attend if you are isolating (LINK)  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/ or in quarantine (LINK)  according to Government Guidelines https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

 

Please remember to cancel your appointment if you are no longer able to attend.

 

Flu 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions 

Who will be eligible for the free flu vaccine, with us, this coming winter?

Below is a full list of those eligible for the free flu vaccination on the NHS this year (2020/2021);

 

·       All patients aged 65 or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021);

 

·       ‘At Risk’ Categories: Patients aged from 6 months to less than 65 years of age with a serious medical condition such as:

·        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 3, 4 or 5

·        Chronic liver disease

·        Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability

·        Diabetes

·        Patient with Splenic dysfunction or no spleen

·        Weakened immune system due to disease (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, HIV) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)

·        Morbidly obese defined as Body Mass Index (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.

 

·     Children aged 2 and 3 years old and children in the ‘at risk’ groups aged 4 to 17

 

I am aged 50-64; what about me?

More information will be available to the 50-64 ‘newly eligible’ patients later in the autumn. If you do not have a long term condition, you shall become eligible later in the season. We will text you when further details are announced, so please let us know if you recently changed your mobile number. 

 

Will you let me know if I am eligible?

If you are eligible for a vaccination you will be contacted by text in the first instance. If you have not notified us of a mobile number we will try to contact you by email. As a last resort we will contact you by letter. Please do not contact the surgery for an appointment until you have been contacted.

 

How do I decline?

If you already know that you don’t want a flu vaccine at all please tell us. You can send an email to decline if that’s easier so that your vaccine can be offered to someone else who needs it: This year more than ever, this is very important as vaccines supplies are expected to be in extremely high demand. Email: reception.binfield@nhs.net

If you change your mind later in the year, you are welcome to ask for the vaccine, but we cannot guarantee to still have supplies.

 

Can I have my flu vaccine when I am coming to the surgery for another medical reason?

Yes, but only where stock is available, if you are eligible, already have an appointment and time allows on the day.

 

What are the side effects from the flu vaccine?

Please see this website for the most up to date information regarding side effects https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-vaccine-side-effects/

 

Why should I come to Binfield Surgery for my vaccine?

The surgery purchases flu vaccines on your behalf so please have your vaccine with us. Every year NHS England sets public health targets for flu vaccinations for at risk groups and each year Binfield Surgery commits itself to the health and well-being of every one of our patients.  Part of this commitment is that your practice pays upfront to ensure all of our at risk patients has a vaccination available to them at the practice; which involves a financial risk to us as we are only reimbursed for the cost of vaccinations actually administered. 

 

We ask that you consider supporting your practice and the investment we’ve made in your health & wellbeing when considering where you chose to receive your vaccination.  Please support us to continue supporting you!

 

When we vaccinate you against flu we also obtain vital data that is necessary for your medical record and care. If you choose to go elsewhere for your vaccine such as a pharmacy or supermarket, we cannot gather this information, and they do not gather this for us, so please book with the Surgery.

 

Mythbusters:

· We have not asked ANY pharmacy or supermarket to give you the flu vaccine on our behalf or gather vital medical updates. We do prefer to do this ourselves.

· You are NOT doing us a favour, or saving us time by having your flu vaccine somewhere else.

· The pharmacies and supermarkets are NOT doing us a favour by giving you the vaccine.

· Pharmacies and supermarkets do not have access to your FULL medical record/history or know you as well as we do.

 

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For more information on flu, please click here

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