Flu Clinics 2020
We will be inviting all eligible patients in the two groups below to attend for a flu vaccination.
Due to social distancing, our Flu service this year will be very different.
Over 65’s only – no appointment needed
- Saturday 19th September, 08:30-10:30 or 11:00-13:00 at Kings Langley and Longmeadow
8-64 years (at risk groups) – no appointment needed
- Saturday 26th September, 08:30-10:30 or 11:00-13:00 at Kings Langley and Longmeadow
If you cannot attend the above sessions then from Monday 28th September we will have clinics available to book at both sites.
Information on the day of your appointment
- Please wear a face covering
- Please arrive between the stated times
- Report to the designated Marshall who will direct you to the correct area to comply with social distancing
- Prepare for weather, but wear clothing which allows easy access to your arm
- Strictly observe social distancing when you attend for your vaccination
- Where possible attend your appointment on your own
How effective is the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition.
It will not stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it’s not a 100% guarantee that you’ll be flu-free, but if you do get flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.
There’s also evidence to suggest that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of having a stroke.
New flu vaccines are produced each year, which is why people advised to have the flu vaccine need it every year, too.
Can the flu vaccine prevent Covid-19?
The flu vaccine is designed to prevent infections with influenza viruses, which are very different than coronaviruses. The flu vaccine won’t prevent you from getting a coronavirus, but it can help official`s better respond to the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus.
Flu vaccine side effects
Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.
How safe is the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccines used in the national programme have a good safety record. Flu vaccines that have been licensed recently in England have been thoroughly tested before they’re made available, and have been used in other countries with a good safety record.
Is there anyone who should not have the flu vaccine?
Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past. Further information can be found at the following NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Flu Over 50’s
The Government have announced that those ages 50-64 years may be offered the flu vaccination. We are currently awaiting guidance from NHS England as to how to proceed with this and how the additional supplies of the vaccine will be obtained.
We will keep this page updated as guidance comes in.