We would like to inform you that the 2020/21 flu season, will commence on the 26th September 2020.

Flu is normally a self-limiting infection in healthy individuals. However, those that are vulnerable are at increased risk of developing complications. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you are vaccinated against, if you are eligible.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will be prioritising first those patients who have been identified as high risk (clinically extremally vulnerable*) from coronavirus. We will then be releasing appointments, to those who are identified as moderate risk (clinically vulnerable**) from coronavirus. Please contact the surgery, if you are either one of our high or moderate risk patients, as flu vaccination appointments are now available.

Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to patients aged 50 to 64. More information will be released later this Autumn, once this has been released from Public Health England.

This year’s flu season, will operate much differently in comparison to previous years, due to the pandemic. We require that all patients:

  • Have a form of face covering before entering the surgery
  • Observe social distancing measures
  • Wear a short sleeve top to ensure easy access for administrating the injection
  • Come alone (unless you require assistance)
  • Do not bring any bags
  • DO NOT attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms

Patients are reminded that there may be some form of queuing during the day. Please be assured that we will be seeing everyone, as quickly and safely as possible. There will be strict infection control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

For further information in regards to the coronavirus risk classification, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/ or contact the surgery.

Stay safe and we wish you well.

Yours sincerely,

Peartree Practice

 

 

*Clinically extremely vulnerable– those patients who DID receive a letter from NHS England advising them to shield earlier this year, due to their medical history.

**Clinically vulnerable– those patients who DID NOT receive a shielding letter from NHS England, but were advised to following stringent social distancing measures, due to their medical history.