Flu Season 2020/21
The flu season is here, so please support your practice by having your jab at Hawthorns Medical Centre!
Seasonal flu vaccination is recommended each year for people with certain clinical conditions that could put them at risk, so please check below for your own eligibility below and call us on 0121 555 5635 to book your appointment.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be some changes for the flu season this year. As a result we will be booking clinics at the practice.
Flu Vaccination eligibility
Seasonal flu vaccination is recommended each year for people with certain clinical conditions that could put them at risk. Please ask the practice for a vaccination if you are:
- Aged 65 years or over;
- Living in a residential or nursing home;
- Aged 18-64 and are in an at risk category (see below)
- Aged 50-64 years but not in a clinical risk group; subject to vaccine supply November/December.
- Have a long term health condition such as severe asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, chronic neurological disease, or a weakened immune system
- The main Carer of an older or disabled person;
- A household contact of an immunocompromised person;
- A frontline health or social care worker;
- If you are pregnant;
- For children if aged between 2 and 3;
- At risk children between 6 months and 18 year
- Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
Please note that children between the ages of 4 years and 10 years will be given at school and not in the surgery.
Types of vaccines in 2020/21
The practice will be using two types of vaccines for adults during this flu season, so it is important you let us know your age, so we ensure you receive the correct vaccine:
A quadrivalent injected vaccine. (Flucelvax Tetra) This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 years who are at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition.
An adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine. (Fluad) This is for people aged 65 and over as it has been shown to be more effective in this age group
For children and young people aged between 2 and 3 years, the surgery will use a nasal spray vaccine (LAIV) and an alternative is available should the child require it.
Flu vaccine for children
This year, the surgery will offer the flu vaccine to all 2 and 3 year olds. Children aged 4 to 10 years old will be vaccinated at school. For most children the vaccine is given as a simple nasal spray. However, If there are any reasons why it should not be given, an injection can be given as an alternative. If your child is eligible for the flu vaccination the surgery will contact you.