This year, in order to minimise risk of Covid and to keep both patients and staff safe during the pandemic we have made some changes to our Flu vaccination service.
Instead of our usual Saturday morning ‘drop in’ clinics, Thanks to Thirsk Auction Mart we have arranged Drive Through clinics.
These are to be pre-booked via reception (or online if born before 1st April 1956).
DRIVE FLU Clinics
Saturday 19th 08.30am - 16:00pm Thirsk Auction Mart
Saturday 26th 08.30am - 16:00pm Thirsk Auction Mart
Please wear a mask at all times when you attend in your vehicle and dress in short sleeves ready for vaccination.
You need to be fit and well on the day, we will not be able to answer questions about your health.
If attending as a couple please arrive sitting on the right, one in the back of your vehicle one in the front.
FLU Clinics at the Surgery
We are offering pre-bookable appointments each week from 28st September 2020.
Over 65s: We have appointments available to book now Mondays and Thursdays 12-3pm.
Invited patients aged 18-65 Appointments available: 21st Sept 9-12am , 9th Oct 8-11am & 3-6pm , 20th Oct 9-12am, 21st Oct 9-12am & 23rd Oct 8-11am & 3-6pm
We hope to hold these appts outside in the carpark, this will be subject to the weather!
* Well Patients aged 50-64 - we are waiting on further government / NHS guidance when the manufacture of these extra 1200 flu vaccinations will be available.
Child Flu Vaccination
All children of primary school age or in Year 7 will be given the flu vaccine at School.
Other children including those with long-term health conditions, those aged 2 or 3 on 31st August 2020 (the parent/guardians of these patients have been sent a invitation letter 28th August 2020) or children in the household of a shielding patient can obtain the vaccination at the surgery.
Please book an appointment we have clinics on 10th September and 2nd October 2020.
5 REASONS TO VACCINATE YOUR CHILD AGAINST FLU
- Protect your child. The vaccine will help protect your child against flu and serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia
- Protect you, your family and friends. Vaccinating your child will help protect more vulnerable family and friends
- No injection needed. The nasal spray is painless and easy to have
- It’s better than having flu. The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record
- Avoid costs. If your child gets flu, you may have to take time off work or arrange alternative childcare
Whose is eligible for a flu vaccination?
- Those who are 65 and over on 31st March 2021
- Pregnant women
- Those aged 6 months to 64 years who are defined as being ‘at risk’. This includes: chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetes, immunosuppression, asplenia or splenic dysfunction, morbidly obese (BMI 40+)
- People in long-stay residential or nursing homes and carers (not occupational risk)
- Health and social care staff working for a registered residential care/nursing home or domiciliary care provider
- Staff employed by a voluntary managed hospice
- Those who are close household contacts of those who are on the shielded list for COVID-19, that means those who will share living accommodation with them on most days over winter
- Children aged 2 or 3 on 31st August 2020. They must be born on or after 01/09/2016, and on or before 31/08/2018. (This is under the Childhood Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme.)
- Those aged 50 to 64 (From November and December - to allow for ‘at-risk groups’ first)
NHS Flu Vaccination Guidance