Flu Vaccines 2021

Flu Vaccines 2021

We have started sending out invites via SMS or letter to all eligible patients for the 2021-22 flu season.

 

To find out if you will be eligible this year please follow this link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

 

If you have been invited for the flu vaccination this year but wish to decline please let us know by emailing us at request.bournbrook@nhs.net

Patients aged over 65

Patients aged over 65

We will be holding a flu vaccination clinic at the Practice on Wednesday 6th October. You will receive a letter inviting you to attend within a 15 minute time slot on this date. Don’t worry if you are unable to make it – call us on 0121 472 0129 and we will be happy to book you an appointment for another date or time.

An example of the letter you will receive can be found here 65+ Flu invite 2021.docx

Eligible Patients aged 18 to 64 Years

Eligible patients aged 18 to 64 years will be sent an invitation to book into our 18-64 Years Flu Clinics. 

Clinics avaiable are:

·         Tuesday 12th October AM

·         Wednesday 27th October AM/PM

·         Wednesday 13th October PM

·         Saturday 30th October AM

·         Tuesday 19th October PM

·         Monday 1st November AM

·         Saturday 23rd October AM

·         Tuesday 2nd November PM

·         Tuesday 26th October AM/PM

 

How to book your appointment:

Online- Log into your online App or Register at birminghamandsolihullhealthapp.com then find our ‘Flu Vaccine only’ appointments for your age group (18-64 years)

Phone- Ring our Reception team on 0121 472 0129 after 10.30am any weekday

An example of the letter you will receive can be found here: 18-64 Flu Vaccine Invite 2021.docx

For more information about flu and the vaccination programme please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Pregnant Patients

All patients who are currently pregnant are eligible for a flu vaccine on the NHS. 

Please book online or by calling the practice on 0121 472 0129 (as per the 18 to 64 years booking information)

Patients aged 2 & 3 Years

This year children aged two and three years of age are being offered a vaccine against flu. As I am sure you are aware flu can be a nasty illness.  Protecting your child can reduce the likelihood of your child catching flu and will stop them from spreading this to other children and family members, in particular grandparents, who may be particularly at risk.

We are holding clinics on the following dates for children’s vaccinations:

Tuesday 19th October 2021 AM

Thursday 21st October 2021 PM

Monday 1st November 2021 PM

Tuesday 2nd November 2021 AM

The child vaccination is a safe and effective nasal spray vaccine called Fluenz Tetra (LAIV) which protects under 18’s against flu.  The vaccine is the most effective vaccine for children and is easy to give and painless.

Please telephone the surgery on 0121 472 0129 to make an appointment into a clinic and let the receptionist know it is for a “children’s flu vaccination”.

There is an alternative vaccine for children without the porcine gelatine content- let Reception know at time of booking appointment.

An example of the letter you will receive can be found here: Children 2-3yrs Flu Invite 2021.docx

For more information on this please go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/

Eligible Patients aged 4 to 18 Years

Eligible patients aged 4 to 18 years will be sent an invitation to attend our Child Vaccination Clinics on:

Tuesday 19th October 2021 AM

Thursday 21st October 2021 PM

Monday 1st November 2021 PM

Tuesday 2nd November 2021 AM

The child vaccination is a safe and effective nasal spray vaccine called Fluenz Tetra (LAIV) which protects under 18’s against flu.  The vaccine is the most effective vaccine for children and is easy to give and painless.

Please telephone the surgery on 0121 472 0129 to make an appointment into a clinic and let the receptionist know it is for a “children’s flu vaccination”.

There is an alternative vaccine for children without the porcine gelatine content- let Reception know at time of booking appointment.

An example of the letter you will receive can be found here: 4yrs-under 18yrs Flu Invite 2021.docx

Newly Registered Patients

ONLY THE PATIENTS MOST AT RISK are eligible for a flu vaccination.

As you are new to us, we have not yet received your medical records; therefore you must provide us with the following, or we will NOT be able to vaccinate you.

 Confirmation from your previous GP that you fall into the “AT RISK GROUP”. Arrange for them to fax us on 0121 472 3775 or e-mail us at request.bournbrook@nhs.net.

 

  1. If relevant, confirmation that you regularly use inhaled or swallowed steroids, for any condition, including Asthma. Note: If you do have asthma and only use Salbutamol / or Ventolin inhalers then you DO NOT qualify. You must have had “Steroids” in the past 12 months and can prove this to us.

 

Steroid examples:

Beclomethasone, Clenil, Qvar, Budesonide, Pulmicort, Symbicort, Fluticasone, Flixotide, Seretide, Prednisilone

Flu vaccine eligibility: medical conditions

The seasonal flu vaccine is offered free of charge to anyone who is over six months of age and has one of the following medical conditions:

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma needing steroids, COPD or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease including heart failure and chronic heart and vascular disease including stroke and TIA
  • chronic kidney disease 
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease including polio and MS
  • diabetes 
  • a weakened immune system due to conditions, such as HIV or AIDs, or splenectomy or treatments that suppress the immune system, such  as chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Pregnant women

NOT ELIGIBLE

The good news, if you are not eligible, is that you can still obtain a flu vaccination for a small fee.  Several local Chemists provide this service for a small fee. Your nearest store is just around the corner at Jhoots Pharmacy.