Flu Campaign 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
Where & When?
We will be holding flu vaccination clinics at all three of our sites: Bridport Medical Centre, Tunnel Road, Beaminster and Pound Piece, Maiden Newton. Clinic dates will be posted on our website and Facebook page.
Who is currently eligible?
- Everyone aged 50 and over (including those who will become 50 by 31 March 2022)
- Children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021
- Those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age in a clinical risk group
- Pregnant women
- Frontline health or social care workers
- Living with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has a transplant or having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatism)
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
- People with qualifying caring responsibilities
Who should NOT have the flu vaccination?
Most adults can have the flu vaccination, but you should avoid it if
- you have had a serious reaction in the past or you may be at risk of an allergic reaction
- you have an egg allergy. This is because some flu vaccines are made using eggs. Please ask the surgery for a low-egg or egg free vaccine
- you are ill with a high temperature – you need to wait until you are feeling better before having the flu vaccine
How do I book an appointment?
If you are eligible you will receive an invitation containing instructions on how to book.
School age children
We do not vaccinate school age children (unless they are in an ‘at risk’ group). They will be vaccinated by the school nursing teams usually during the autumn term and they will contact you directly.
What if I have symptoms of covid?
Do not attend your appointment
- if you have any covid symptoms (temperature above normal)
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell
If you are able, please cancel your appointment. When you have recovered and completed the required isolation period, please call the practice you are registered with to rebook your appointment.
I am housebound, what do I do?
Please call the practice you are registered with after 11.00am Tuesday to Friday and they will make arrangements.
What can I do to assist?
- Come alone if possible
- If you are able, please wear a face mask or face covering
- Use hand sanitizer on arrival
- Queue in an appropriate manner and maintain recommended social distancing
- It will help us if you wear clothing that gives easy access to your upper arm
- We are trying to limit use of our toilets, so if possible, go before you leave home
- Do not bring unnecessary bags or belongings into the building
- Although tempting, please do NOT ask the clinical team for medical advice during the clinic – they do need to focus on the task in hand to vaccinate safely and minimise delays
Will I be able to park?
Parking at Bridport Medical Centre is limited and reserved for patients who are blue badge holders.
How long will I wait?
We will be operating a ‘one in, one out’ system. To avoid long queues, you should aim to arrive at the building entrance no more than five minutes before your appointment time. When in the queue please maintain recommended social distancing.
Whilst we aim to keep to schedule, we will give priority to those with a disability and invite them in on arrival (subject to capacity). This may mean a slight delay for some.
Will I be safe?
We are following all government advice to keep our patients and ourselves safe, with staff on hand to provide guidance and assistance. All staff will be wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for their role. Each clinician will complete the required cleaning after seeing each patient.
Are there any side effects?
Serious side effects are very rare. You may have a mild higher temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.
Do I have to pay?
No, providing you fall within one of the groups covered by the national flu immunisation programme.
Am I a carer?
If you are in receipt of a carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if their carer falls ill, then you have caring responsibilities within the definition of the flu campaign and qualify for vaccination.
Where can I find further information?
Published: Sep 24, 2021