Please read below regarding the NHS Flu Vaccination
The Practice is continuing to receive an unprecedented amount of telephone queries; therefore, we would strongly advise you to book appointments online. You can also request repeat prescriptions and view your medical records.
Book Online at www.patientaccess.com or via NHS App
If you are not registered for online services, please register via the NHS App,
available on iOS and Android devices, such as Smartphones and Tablets.
You are also able to access the NHS App through a web browser, for example, on your computer or laptop at https://www.nhsapp.service.nhs.uk/login
Please read before attending for your flu vaccination
Do not attend an appointment if you have any of the following symptoms:
- High Temperature
- New Continuous Cough
- Loss or change to sense of Smell or Taste
Attending Flu Vaccination Clinic Process
In order to help keep you safe, whilst attending our flu vaccination clinics, we will continue to adhere to current infection control guidance, by requiring the use of Face Coverings and implementing a one-way system. (See diagram depicted below)
We would be grateful if you continued to have your vaccination at the Practice, to ensure that we are updating your medical records appropriately, which we cannot guarantee when vaccinated by an alternative provider.
Patient Guide to Flu clinic process
- When attending the practice for your vaccination, please queue at the Side Entrance on the path closest to the canal.
- You will be greeted or collected by a member of the team, who will confirm your details.
- To reduce the amount of time you spend at the practice, we would ask that you have your arm ready to be vaccinated, wearing a loosely fitted shirt, where possible.
- Once the Clinician is ready, you will enter the practice via the Side Entrance, and will be split in to two dividing queues.
- Once you have received your vaccination, you will be asked to exit the Practice via the lift or steps out into the Car Park.
What is Influenza?
Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:
- a sudden fever
- an aching body
- feeling tired or exhausted
- a dry cough
- a sore throat
- a headache
- difficulty sleeping
- loss of appetite
- diarrhoea or tummy pain
- feeling sick and being sick
The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.
Complications of the influenza virus can lead to bronchitis, pneumonia and can be fatal.
Am I eligible for the Free Flu Vaccination?
This year the flu vaccine is being offered free by the NHS to:
- Adults aged 50 and over (including anyone who will be 50 by the 31 March 2022)
- Carers - including people living with someone who's at high risk from Coronavirus
(on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2021
- Children in Primary school* (These vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- Children in Secondary School* (these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- Frontline Health or Social Care Workers
People “at-risk” with certain medical conditions (incl children “at-risk” from 6 months of age)
- Pregnant Women
- Chronic (long-term) Respiratory Disease, such as Severe Asthma
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Bronchitis
- Chronic Heart Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease, at stage three, four or five
- Chronic Liver Disease
- Chronic Neurological Disease, such as Parkinson’s or Motor Neurone Disease
- Learning Disability
- Splenic Dysfunction or Asplenia
- A weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- BMI of 40 and above
I am aged 50 - 64, am I eligible for the flu vaccination?
The expanded influenza vaccination programme that we had last year will continue in 2021 to 2022 as part of UK winter planning, when we are likely to see both influenza and COVID-19 in circulation. This means that as a temporary measure the offer for 50 to 64 year olds will continue this year to protect this age group, as hospitalisation from COVID-19 also increases from the age of 50 years onwards.
Those with underlying health conditions are at a higher increased risk, and we would strongly recommend they attend for their vaccination, before the rest of the population.
I am almost 65, am I eligible now?
Yes, if you were born on or before 31 March 1957.
As with previous years, anyone becoming 65 years old by the 31st March 2022 will be entitled to receive a flu vaccine from the 65+ flu vaccine supply before turning 65.
Can I have my flu vaccine when I attend the surgery for another medical reason?
Yes, if you have a prebooked appointment and flu vaccines are available.
Home Visits are available for medically housebound patients only
We shall continue to offer essential home visits for very frail patients, who are unable to attend the surgery, to have their flu vaccinations at home and for those living in care homes.
Home visit slots are extremely limited and are strictly reserved for those who are physically unable to get into a car to attend an appointment with help from a friend, family or a taxi.
I do not want the flu vaccination
If you already know that you don’t want the flu vaccination, please email the practice at STOCCG.MarpleCottageSupport@nhs.net so that your vaccine can be offered to someone else who needs it.
This is very important as vaccines supplies are expected to be in extremely high demand
Attending flu vaccination clinics
Where possible, please can you walk to the practice to minimise congestion on the road and in the car park.
Please pre-book an appointment slot in advance. Please do not attend the practice without an appointment.