Flu Campaign 1st October 2020 Walk in clinic
Do I need to book an appointment?
There will be a mix of walk-in clinics and pre-bookable appointments available
Is it safe?
Yes! Flu vaccines are an important way to keep both ourselves and those around us healthy. This is especially important with Covid-19 also circulating.
All vaccines have side effects and the person administering it will discuss this at the time.
If the patient is not sure, please encourage them to come in so we can address their concerns.
Who gives the flu vaccine?
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health care assistants all give flu vaccines. Patients can also get it at their local pharmacy.
Can I have it when I come in for my other appointment?
Yes, as long as the clinician has time, we will give it even if the patient is here for something else.
Does it contain gelatine?
The standard children's vaccine contains porcine gelatin, although the amount is very small.
If parents have concerns about this, please encourage them to still come for the appointment, and discuss the issue with the clinician. There are alternatives available.
Can you refer me / my relative to get a flu vaccine at home?
Yes, if the patient is housebound.
If someone asks for this, please check the 'Housebound pts for 2020-21 flu campaign' waiting list (See SystemOne: Appointments > Waiting lists).
If they are on this list, then they will be referred by the end of August. We do not control over when housebound patients will be vaccinated, but you can reassure them that the referral has been sent.
If they are not on this list, please task Rachel with the patient's details.
Should my child have the vaccine at the GP surgery or at school?
School-aged children will be offered the vaccine at school. They only need to come here if they miss it at school.
2 and 3 year olds should have the vaccine here.
Is it just one dose?
For almost everyone, yes, it's just a single dose
Children in clinical risk groups who are having the flu vaccine for the first time need two doses, 4 weeks apart. The clinician will discuss this with the patient when giving the first dose, so you only need to book one appointment.
Will it be an injection?
For adults, yes.
For children, no. The flu vaccine is administered to children using a nasal spray. It is completely painless.
*If people ask whether they are in a clinical risk group please task a clinician and we can let them know