Flu Vaccination season is upon us, and this year it brings new challenges of managing the Covid Booster Vaccinations as well. Due to this we have chosen to adapt the module we used last year as the feedback from patients who attended last year’s clinic was overwhelmingly positive.
We will be offering the Covid Booster vaccination on site, please read below for more information on this
We have put the clinic dates just below for ease of access but please read all the relevant information before booking/attending an appointment.
23/11/21 – This clinic still has availability
27/11/21 – This clinic still has availability (last updated 12/11/21 19:00)
The Glebe are also offering some clinic dates for our patients if you are happy to travel (these appointments are still booked through Billingshurst surgery):
04/12/21 – This clinic still has availability
05/12/21 – This clinic still has availability
16/11/21 – This clinic still has availability
23/11/21 – This clinic still has availability
30/11/21 – This clinic still has availability
07/12/21 – This clinic still has availability (last updated 11/11/21 19:00)
Further Clinics are planned, we will update the list above as we confirm them. If you receive a flu vaccination at one of our covid clinics, and still have a flu appointment booked please remember to cancel your appointment.
HOW TO BOOK
We will be doing booked appointments again this year as we felt this worked much better than the walk in clinics previously. To book in for Flu clinics you can either go online and book through our online services such as the NHS app, or you can call the surgery. For flu vaccination bookings we do ask that you call the surgery after 11am to help ease the strain on the phone lines.
For our Covid booster clinics we will be contacting patients directly to get you booked in. If you do hear from us but miss the call please feel free to contact us back to get booked in.
We are always happy to book people together if it is more convenient, we have vaccinated a lot of patients already with their loved ones or carers to help out. However, if two people wish to be vaccinated together they would always have to come when the later person is eligible to make sure both are eligible. This doesn’t mean you have to wait till both parties are eligible to book, just that the date of vaccination you book must be on or after the date both of you become eligible.
HOW WILL IT WORK ON THE DAY
This year you will NOT need a letter. The clinics that you book into will be colour coded, it’s worth remembering the colour of the clinic you book into, they will be named accordingly (e.g. Dr Red). When you arrive you will be booked in at reception and directed to the person running the clinic for that colour on the day.
We do ask that you remember a few things on the day:
- Wear a mask while in the surgery (unless previously exempt)
- Wear loose fitting clothing to make arms easy to access
- If you can arrive on foot please do, this helps to reduce road traffic
- Do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for your appointment, this creates unnecessary queues.
- If there are queues they will be outside so be aware of the weather
- Please do not bring children to the weekend clinics as this increases the number of people in the surgery
- If you need to bring a carer or someone for support this is absolutely fine
- Do not attend your appointment if you feel unwell on the day
- Please cancel your appointment if you have a Covid vaccination within 7 days of the flu vaccination or vice versa
CHILDREN’S VACCINATIONS (ALL UNDER THE AGE OF 18)
We will not be vaccinating those under the age of 18 at our weekend clinics. We will be running clinics for those aged 2 & 3 years old separately. Those aged 2 & 3 will be invited directly by us for these clinics.
Other age groups of children will be vaccinated externally by school run programs.
We have a list of patients that we have vaccinated at home for both Covid and Flu over the past year. Over the next few weeks in September our Nurses will be contacting housebound patients to get you booked in for your vaccination. If you are unsure if you are on the list please use our contact us form to notify us or call us on the main surgery line, we will only contact you back if there is an issue with adding you to the list.
COVID BOOSTER VACCINATIONS
We will be offering the Covid booster vaccination on site. The booster vaccination cannot be given until at least 6 months after your second Covid dose was received.
We have run a few successful weekend Covid booster clinics so far and intend on continuing to offer these on most weekends. We are also looking at offering some afternoon sessions during the week. These clinics are being offered by staff and volunteers on top of our normal workload to try and minimise any disruption to normal services.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR YOUR FLU VACCINATION
It is always worth checking if you are still eligible each year on the NHS Flu Vaccination webpage as the list can change from year to year. If you are checking your eligibility please read through the criteria carefully not all people with a particular illness will be eligible, for example not all Asthmatics are eligible only those on long term steroid treatments (either oral or inhaled).
If you are caring for a someone even if it is a family member due to disabilities or illness please make sure you let us know via the contact us form or calling us.
HOW THE VACCINE PROTECTS YOU
About a week to 10 days after you have had the flu injection, your body starts making antibodies to the virus in the vaccine.
Antibodies are proteins that recognise and fight off germs that have invaded your blood, such as viruses. They help protect you against any similar viruses you then come into contact with.
The flu virus changes every year, so you need to have a flu jab annually to make sure that you are protected against the latest strain of the virus.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?
The flu vaccines currently available give 70-80% protection against infection, with flu virus strains closely matching those in the vaccine.
In the elderly, protection against infection may be less, but immunisation reduces the chances of pneumonia, hospital admissions and death from seasonal flu.
For most people, seasonal flu is unpleasant but not serious and they recover within a week.
However, certain people are at greater risk of developing serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These may require hospital treatment. A large number of elderly people die from flu every winter.
The seasonal flu vaccine is offered free of charge to these at-risk groups to protect them from catching flu and developing these complications.
As we will be running a lot more clinics this year due to needing to do the Covid Booster as well, if you would be interested in helping out with the flu and Covid clinics please let us know via the contact us form.
HOW WILL BE COMMUNICATING ABOUT THE FLU/COVID VACCINATIONS THIS YEAR
The NHS/Government will be doing their usual seasonal campaigns to make sure all patients informed about getting their flu/Covid Vaccinations.
We will be using this web page and updating as we progress through the season. We will also be adding an option (no. 5) to our phone system. This will allow people to call up and listen to the latest flu information, some of the messages will be quite long, but we wanted to make sure all the information on our website was available through other methods.
We will send out a mass SMS message when this page first goes live to patients, and again throughout the flu season if we are struggling to fill clinics later in the season.