LOCAL NHS FLU CAMPAIGN 2020

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We’ve launched our campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated this year. 
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. This year more people than ever in the Borough are entitled to a FREE flu vaccine (approximately 100,000 people!). 

Please protect yourself and your community. Book your appointment now with your GP Practice or Pharmacy!

You can find more information on our website.

ARE YOU IN THE ‘AT RISK’ GROUP Certain groups, due to their health vulnerability are at an increased risk from the effects of flu. If you are in one of the following groups you are eligible for a free vaccine and we encourage you to book your appointment:

  • Aged 65 and over
  • Have a long term underlying health condition
  • Are pregnant
  • Are a carer
  • You were shielding due to Coronavirus
  • You were living in the same household as someone living with Coronavirus
  • You live in long-stay residential care
  • You have a learning disability

The flu vaccine for children is offered a nasal spray. This is free on the NHS for:

  • children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2020 – born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018
  • all primary school children (reception to year 6)
  • all year 7 in secondary school
  • children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions

 If you’re unsure whether you or your child could get a vaccination for free you can look on the nhs.uk website or your GP practice or Pharmacy will be able to tell you

COVID-safe clinics

Flu Vaccination clinics are being run differently this year, due to Coronavirus and the need for social distancing.  With approximately 100,000 people in the Borough eligible for the flu vaccination – more than ever before, we needed to do something differently.

This year, across the Borough, GP Practices are working together to deliver COVID-safe clinics on specially selected sites in Wigan, Leigh, Golborne and Hindley.  It is expected that these COVID-Safe Flu clinics will deliver tens of thousands of vaccinations throughout October and November, with thousands more being delivered within GP Practices and Community Pharmacies.

Health and safety is priority. Clinics are being run by local NHS staff

When you attend a COVID-safe flu clinic – some top tips!
With extra precautions and safety measures in place your nurse in the clinic will be carrying out vaccinations safely and efficiently. You can help your nurse by:
 
At home 

  1. You will need an appointment from your GP practice to attend – anyone attending without an appointment will be asked to return home and call their practice.
  2.  Consider what to wear, it’s a good idea to wear something short sleeved to avoid removing excess clothes at the clinic.
  3. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) please don’t come down to the clinic – reschedule your flu for another time. Protect yourself and others!
  4. Remember to bring a face mask (unless you are exempt for medical reasons)

When you arrive at the clinic

  1. There will be free parking for those attending. If you are early and you have travelled by car, please wait in your car until your appointment time.
  2. Only arrive at your allocated appointment. If you miss your allocated time slot, you may be asked to re-book for another day and time.
  3. Follow the clearly marked signs for Entrance and Exits.