Flu Clinic Update

Our flu vaccine arrives towards the end of September and we are planning a series of flu clinics over the following 2 weeks or so which patients will need to book into.

Further clinics will follow during October and early November. Priority is being given nationally for those over 65 and those under 65 with long-term conditions which put them at increased risk.

The additional vaccine programme for 50-64 year olds without long-term conditions will be in a second phase; vaccine supply for this group has been procured nationally so scheduling of these flu clinics cannot take place until we are informed by NHSE that this can go ahead.

Once in place we will send a text to patients in these initial groups to inform them of the dates and how to book and will also put the details on the website.

Flu Clinic information 2020

First phase of initial clinic dates for adults aged over 65 or in one of the at risk groups below.

  • Princes Risborough Surgery, Wednesday 30th September 1.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Brill Surgery, Saturday 3rd October 8.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thame Health Centre, Sunday 4th October 8.30am – 12.30pm
  • Princes Risborough Surgery, Wednesday 7th October 1.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Chinnor Surgery, Saturday 10th October 8.30am – 12.30pm

All patients over the age of 65 and patients under 65 who have a long term condition or who are in an at risk category are eligible for a free flu vaccination. You should also have the free flu vaccine if you are pregnant or have a long term condition such as:

  • A heart problem
  • A chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
  • A kidney disease
  • Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
  • Liver disease
  • Had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • Diabetes
  • A neurological condition eg. multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy
  • A learning disability
  • A problem with your spleen eg. sickle cell disease or you have had your spleen removed
  • Are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
  • If you receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person

How to book your appointment

Either book on line via Patient Access or call the Surgery reception team.

Important information for attending the flu clinics

  • Clinics are appointment only – patients attending without an appointment will be turned away
  • Expect to queue outside – even in the rain. To maintain social distancing the queue will be outside the building
  • Do not arrive any earlier than 5 minutes before your appointment
  • Do not attend if you have a cough, temperature or loss of taste/smell
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wear appropriate clothing, top of the arm to be easily exposed ready for the injection
  • To enable the queue to move safely there will be a one way system through the building
  • Patients who struggle to stand (no sitting down)should make the queue manager aware
  • Patients who do not attend without notifying us will not be offered a further appointment

Second phase of flu clinics – Adults only aged between 50 and 64

Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is December, providing there is sufficient vaccine.  No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  The dates for these clinics will be advertised nearer the time. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, please see the information above for first phase clinics.