Redwood House Flu clinics 2021
We are waiting for notification of when our 2021 Flu Vaccines will be delivered to the surgery and we are in discussions with our local Maidenhead surgeries to look at how best we can deliver the winter flu vaccines quickly and safely in Maidenhead. Clinics may be at the Desborough Suite in Maidenhead.
This year due to COVID 19 we will be running our flu clinics differently. We will be offering a PRE BOOKABLE timed appointment system ONLY to enable social distancing to keep you, our GPs and surgery staff safe.
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE BEFORE YOU ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENT. We will update this page as soon as we have the latest information for you.
FLU CLINIC DATES - COMING SOON
Will you let me know if I am eligible?
We will NOT be sending out letters to patients to help minimise waste and the impact on our environment; it also helps to reduce administration at the practice. You will receive a text message to your mobile phone promoting the clinics.
If your contact details have changed in the last year please update us so that you can take advantage of this service or you will not receive your text invitation.
Housebound patients will be vaccinated as well in due course.
What about my child?
Children will be vaccinated inside the surgery as usual.
Only one adult and the child who will be vaccinated to attend the appointment only. Please use a face mask, wash your hands and use your own bathroom before you come to the surgery.
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old or 11 to 17 years and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered the nasal spray. Some children over the age of two who are in a high-risk group may need to have an injected vaccine if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them.
Children in primary school and in Year 7 will receive the vaccines via the school ONLY.
Attending your booked appointment - IMPORTANT Information to READ before your appointment.
Do not attend if you have COVID symptoms
Do not attend if you are isolating or in quarantine according to Government Guidelines
Please remember to cancel your appointment if you are no longer able to attend.
What are the side effects from the flu vaccine?
Please see this website for the most up to date information regarding side effects: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-vaccine-side-effects/
Flu 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions
I am aged 50-64; what about me?
More information will be available to the 50-64 ‘newly eligible’ patients later in the autumn. If you do not have a long term condition, you shall only become eligible later in the season. We will text you when further details are announced from the government, so please let us know if you recently changed your mobile number. Details will also be on our website and Twitter. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you're aged 50 to 64 but also in another at-risk group and eligible for a vaccine, you will receive a
TEXT or Telephone call inviting you to book your appointment as soon as appropriate.
Why does Redwood House Surgery offer flu vaccines later than the Pharmacies or bigger practices?
We order your flu vaccines in DECEMBER 2020 and MARCH 2021; unfortunately Pharmacies always receive their vaccine supplies many weeks before surgeries do and will receive large quantities of flu vaccines in one delivery. .
Redwood House Surgery will receive smaller vaccine stock deliveries starting 28th September through to Mid-November. The deliveries will be a mixture of over and under 65 vaccines. Under 18 children’s flu is limited to a small number of weekly deliveries.
Logistically, a lot of planning is needed to coordinate clinics, patients, vaccines and clinical staff to offer flu clinic dates in advance.
COVID 19, this year has also offered other challenges and risks to consider.
Does it matter if I have a flu vaccine elsewhere?
You have patient choice and you can have a flu vaccine elsewhere if you wish.
We have not asked ANY pharmacy or supermarket to give you the flu vaccine on our behalf.
However, we have full access to your medical record and history and will record vital information such as the batch number of your vaccine.
Redwood House Surgery pays upfront to ensure all of our at risk patients has a vaccination available to them which involves a financial cost to the practice.
We are only reimbursed for the vaccine cost if your vaccine is administered at the surgery.
Every year NHS England sets a target for flu vaccinations for at risk groups and each year we commit to supporting you and your family to stay well.
How will I know about further flu clinics, over 50’s Flu and any important changes? OVER 50's WILL be offerd the flu vaccine in 2021.
We will endeavour to keep our patients up to date through our website www.redwoodhousesurgery.co.uk and our Twitter account @Redwoodsurgery
along with notices displayed at the surgery.
Dr Ahmed and Dr Shaik and ALL the staff at Redwood House Surgery.
Who will be eligible for the free flu jab this coming winter?
Redwood House Surgery will vaccinate all 2 and 3 year olds and children in the ‘at risk’ groups aged 11 to 17
At Risk Categories: Patients aged from 6 months to less than 65 years of age with a serious medical condition such as:
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability
- Patient with Splenic dysfunction or no spleen
- Weakened immune system due to disease (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, HIV) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- Morbidly obese defined as Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 and above
- All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.
- people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality.