Adult Flu Vaccinations 2020
The practice is working very differently this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In order for us to deliver our flu campaign as safely and effectively as possible we would like you to read the below information about attending for your flu appointment.
We would like to reassure our patients that we have taken all measures possible to make sure our flu campaign is delivered in the safest way during the pandemic; however, patients do still attend the practice at their own risk. All patients attending the practice are responsible for complying with government guidance on face coverings and adhering to strict social distancing guidelines.
Please read the below information about attending for your flu vaccination.
What do I need to know before I attend?
- DO NOT attend if you are unwell or experiencing ANY symptoms of COVID-19
- Please let us know if you wish to cancel your appointment so we can use your appointment to vaccinate another patient
- You MUST wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
- Please do not attend early or late for your appointment
- Your vaccination will be completed in an open plan setting instead of in a private consulting room
- Please wear a short sleeved top or shirt so the vaccinator has quick access to your arm (coat over the top)
- Please take off your coat when in the building and nearing your vaccination booth
- Please attend alone unless you require support or assistance from a family member or a carer
What do I do when I arrive?
- Park in the main car park if you are driving
- Present at the entrance you have been advised to attend
- Give your name to the receptionist to check in for your appointment
What will happen next?
- You will be directed to one of two entrances to the practice.
- You will wait for your appointment in a socially distanced queue inside the building
- Whilst you are waiting, please take off your coat and have your arm accessible ready to vaccinate.
- Our vaccinators will be working as quick as possible and we hope to not have you queuing for too long.
- You will be directed to a generously sized room containing two vaccination booths
- There will be a partition between the two vaccination booths; BUT you may still be able to hear the patient & clinician in the booth next door
- Your vaccinating clinician will be wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) inc. Mask, face shield, gloves & apron
Flu vaccines are very safe. Most side effects are mild and only last for a day or so, such as:
- slightly raised temperature
- muscle aches
- sore arm where the needle went in – this is more likely to happen with the vaccine for people aged 65 and over
Try these tips to help reduce the discomfort:
- continue to move your arm regularly
- take a painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – some people, including those who are pregnant, should not take ibuprofen unless a doctor recommends it
Additional information is available on the NHS choices website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/