Flu FAQ

Why is it important to have my flu vaccination?

Flu is an unpredictable virus that can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own in about a week.

It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups, including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.

Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

For more information on flu, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

Is the flu vaccination safe?

You may experience a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine and your arm may be a little sore.

Side effects of the child nasal spray vaccine can commonly include a runny or blocked nose, a headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite.

It is very rare that the flu vaccines cause serious side effects.

Who is eligible for the flu vaccination?

In line with Government guidelines we will be vaccinating the following patient groups initially:

  • all children aged 2 to 11 (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
  • children aged between 2 and 3 on 31st August 2020,
  • all those in aged from 6 months to less than 65 years of age in a clinical risk group such as those with:
    • 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 liver disease
    • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor
    • neurone disease
    • learning disability
    • diabetes
    • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
    • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or
    • treatment (such as cancer treatment)
    • morbid obesity3 (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • all pregnant women, including those who become pregnant during the delivery of the influenza programme
  • household contacts of those on the NHS shielded patients list or of immunocompromised patients
  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
  • those in receipt of carers allowance or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza
  • health and social care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk of exposure to influenza
  • health and social care workers employed through direct payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.

If your child is in reception to year 7, complete the online consent form so you child can have the vaccine at school.

For further information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

*Please note, if you are not registered as a carer with the surgery you may not be eligible for a flu vaccination. Please contact us to discuss this.

I am housebound

All registered housebound patients who have indicated they want the flu vaccination have been referred to Livewell to receive their vaccination in due course. If you are newly housebound please contact us.

50 - 64 Year olds

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

How do I book my flu appointment?

You can make an appointment via the NHS App, our Online Services, our Automated Booking Service, Patient Partner, or by calling your usual surgery, after 11am. When booking your appointment please ensure you select a lot appropriate for your age as of the 31st March 2021; Over 65 Flu, Under 65 Flu, Teen Flu (aged 12-18 years).

What if I cannot attend my flu appointment?

If you are unable to attend please cancel your appointment via the NHS App, our Online Services or via out Automated System, Patient Partner

Where will the flu appointments be held?

Flu clinics on the 7th, 14th,21st and 29th November will be held at The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Rd, Ivybridge, PL21 0SZ.

Other clinics will be held across our other sites, dates for these are to be confirmed.

Please note when booking your flu appointment online, flu appointments at The Watermark, Ivybridge will be available under the location tag ‘Beacon Medical Group’. If the appointment you book has the location marked as ‘Beacon Medical Group’, this appointment will be at The Watermark.

How can I get there?

Directions from our Plympton Mudge Way Health Centre can be found here

If you are travelling westbound, please click here.

If you are travelling eastbound, please click here.

Travelling by bus?

If you need to travel by bus to the Watermark, please find the appropriate bus journey time here.

Or, plan your bus journey here.

Where can I park?

Parking is available at The Watermark:

  • Erme car park has 80 spaces and this is free for the first hour

Paid parking can be found:

  • At Leonards Road, there are 190 spaces available
  • At Glanville’s, there are 50 spaces available
  • At Harford Road, there are 26 spaces
What can I expect when I arrive for my appointment?

Please arrive as close to your 5 minute appointment time as possible, wearing a face covering. Please do not attend with another person unless they are a carer.

When you arrive you will be greeted by a member of our team who will direct you to our cleaning station to make use of our hand sanitizer.

Social distancing measures will be in place. There will be a one way system in operation and a lift will be available for use of our patients who require it.

Please wear appropriate clothing so that you are ready for your injection.

Flu vaccinations for people with a learning disability and carers

The NHS have created two short films about the importance of the flu vaccination for people with a learning disability autistic people with certain health conditions and carers of people with a learning disability. The films covers why it is important, who is eligible for a free vaccine, where you can get the vaccine and reasonable adjustments.

View them here:

Flu vaccinations for people with a learning disability https://www.youtube.com/watchv=eZ1vDai8u5o&feature=youtu.be

Flu vaccinations for people with a learning disability (Carers) https://www.youtube.com/watchv=RZWQe21ow8&feature=youtu.be