Flu vaccination clinics open for booking

Dear Patients,

The Practice is pleased to be offering a seasonal flu vaccine to everyone aged 65 and over, and to anyone under the age of 65 if they are in an “at risk” category and are registered at the Practice. Children covered by the Practice will be contacted separately for separate nasal flu clinics. Housebound patients on our registered list will receive a call from our Practice Nurse, who will arrange a home visit. If you are eligible you can call us to book in for your vaccine, you may have already had a call from us or a letter, or a text.

Please keep reading as this news item explains the differences this year to the clinics.

Eligibility is as follows:

  • Aged 65 and over on 31st March 2021
  • Diagnosed as pregnant
  • Aged six months to 64 years (excluding patients aged two to three on 31st August 2020) as defined as ‘at risk’**
  • Household contacts of an individual on the Shielded List
  • Household contact of an immunocompromised individual

**At Risk/Eligible groups are determined by these specifications, if you are unsure please ask**

Eligible groups Further details/explaination
All patients aged 65 years and over “Sixty-five and over” is defined as those aged 65 years and over on 31 March 2021 (i.e. born on or before 31 March 1956).
Chronic respiratory disease aged 6 months and over Asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).

Children who have previously been admitted to hospital for lower respiratory tract disease.

Chronic heart disease aged six months and over Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, chronic heart failure, individuals requiring regular medication and/or follow-up for ischaemic heart disease.
Chronic kidney disease aged six months and over Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, chronic kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome, kidney transplantation.
Chronic liver disease aged 6 months and over Cirrhosis, biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis.
Chronic neurological disease aged six months and over Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised due to neurological disease (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers).

All patients with a learning disability given their increased morbidity and mortality due to preventable pneumonia. For those with a specific assessment, to vulnerable individuals including those with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and related or similar conditions; or hereditary and degenerative disease of the nervous system or muscles; or severe neurological disability.

Diabetes aged 6 months and over Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes requiring insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs, diet controlled diabetes.
Immunosuppression aged 6 months and over Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including patients undergoing chemotherapy leading to immunosuppression, bone marrow transplant, HIV infection at all stages, multiple myeloma or genetic disorders affecting the immune system (eg IRAK-4, NEMO, complement deficiency).

Individuals treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids for more than a month at a dose equivalent to prednisolone at 20 mg or more per day (any age), or for children under 20 kg, a dose of 1 mg or more per kg per day.

It is difficult to define at what level of immunosuppression a patient could be considered to be at a greater risk of the serious consequences of influenza and so is offered a seasonal influenza vaccination. This decision is best made on an individual basis and left to the patient’s clinician. So please check with us.

Some immune-compromised patients may have a suboptimal immunological response to the vaccine and that will be considered in deciding upon vaccination or not.

Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen aged six months and over This also includes conditions such as homozygous sickle cell disease and coeliac syndrome that may lead to splenic dysfunction.
Pregnant women Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (first, second or third trimesters).
Morbidly obese (class III obesity) Adults with a BMI > 40 kg/m2 (adults aged 16+).
Household contacts of an individual on the shielded patient list aged 6 months and over Specifically, individuals who share or expect to share living accommodation with a shielded person on most days over the winter (part of / all of September through to March) and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable. Please contact us if you are unsure.
Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals aged 6 months and over Vaccines are be offered to household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, who share or expect to share living accommodation with on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.
Carers Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

 

The numbers of vaccines available are limited and we are dependent on the vaccine suppliers to keep to the dates of delivery. Despite our best efforts last year they changed our delivery dates twice which meant a change to our patients. We have since changed supplier and are hoping that their reliability will mean we can carry out our vaccinations on the planned dates.

Important to note this change of venue:

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, Mickleover Medical Centre have made alternative arrangements this year in order to keep all patients and staff safe.

This year’s clinics will all be held in the:

Royal British Legion (Mickleover) Club Ltd.

30 Poppyfields Drive, Mickleover, Derby. DE3 9GB

Our clinic dates are arranged for;

Saturday 3rd October 2020 – 0900-1700

Saturday 24th October 2020 – 0900-1700

Saturday 7th November 2020 – 0900-1700

If you are in any of the groups and would like to book to get a vaccine,
please phone 01332 513283 after 11am to book your appointment.

We expect that more people might want a vaccination than last year – please bear in mind this is a first come, first served situation as vaccine numbers are limited.

Your responsibilities as a patient in this program of vaccination are:

  • PLEASE! Do NOT attend if you have any symptoms of COVID19 – high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste, loss of smell
  • Do NOT attend if anyone in your household is isolating for COVID19
  • All individuals aged 11 years and over must attend wearing a face covering over their NOSE & MOUTH and wear it all the time whilst on-site, unless within a government exemption category
  • Arrive on-time for your appointment, please stay in your car if arrive early
  • Attend unaccompanied unless you need a carer/parent
  • Wear a short sleeve top in preparation for seeing the nurse and to reduce your time on-site
  • Appointment will be for flu vaccine ONLY – there will be no opportunity to ask any other medical questions to the team on the day
  • Bring an umbrella/coat as you may be waiting outside if you arrive early

What to expect from us:

  • Fast and efficient vaccination service, reducing your exposure to any risk
  • Large on-site car parking facilities
  • Site is accessibility friendly
  • Your temperature will be taken and specific health questions asked prior to entry
  • One way through the building with different entrance and exit
  • All clinicians and staff will be wearing masks
  • No toilet facilities will be available unless for an emergency – due to covid safe restrictions

LASTLY

With regard to the recent government announcement that the flu vaccine may be offered to all those over 50 years of age; if you have any household members in this category, please rest assured that we will announce in due course when the vaccines have been released by the suppliers and Government.

Where to find the Royal British Legion in Mickleover: