- 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)
Starting from 15th September, we will also have early morning clinics available, being run from Chesterfield Drive (29 Chesterfield Drive, IP1 6DW) every Wednesday from 7.30-8.30am, or all day every Friday from Norwich Road (199 Norwich Road, IP1 4BX), available for over 65’s and existing at risk groups aged 18-49, as well as patients aged 50-64 (including those becoming age 50 years by 31 March 2022).
All appointments are available to be booked online via NHS App or via your online SystmOne access, alternatively if you have received a text message, you can use the link. If you do not have a mobile or have online access, then please call the surgery to book, however please be patient whilst we endeavour to answer your calls as soon as possible.
CHECKLIST FOR FLU CLINICS
· We would ask that you continue to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose and sanitise your hands upon arrival and departure.
· Wear appropriate clothing (there will be no modesty screens).
· Parking at the Scout Hut is prohibited, please ensure you use the car park at the surgery or off road parking in the surrounding streets. There may be queues or delays due to parking, so please bear this in mind and be considerate to local residents. We will still see you if you are running late, as long as you attend before the end of the clinic.
· Please attend your appointment on your own, unless you require assistance.
· Please attend your appointment at the booked time – do not come too early or at a random time as we do not want any overcrowding.
· You will need to queue with strict social-distancing using a one-way route through the Scout Hut and at Whitton Sports Centre.
· YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEND THE FLU CLINIC IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD ARE UNWELL OR HAVE A FEVER OR CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS.
· FOR SATURDAY CLINICS ONLY, as our phone lines are closed at weekends, if you are unable to attend your appointment, please call mobile 07395 941533 and leave your name, date of birth and contact number so we can cancel your appointment. This number is not in use for anything else.
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
- 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 and secondary school children 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.