Flu 2020

Flu Jabs October 2020


We are committed to enabling all eligible patients to get their flu jab at Birley Health centre the before the end of November.

From now until the end of November we will have drop in flu clinic 1-3pm every Tuesday afternooon for anyone who is eligible. You can just arrive with a face covering. You do not need to book in.

Most afternoons we can try to accomodate you if you can not come on a Tuesday afternoon, please request on the following page https://www.birleyhealthcentre.co.uk/appointments

We may arrange also evening or weekends drop in clincs and will keep this page updated.


Here is a summary of who can have the free flu jab.

  • everyone aged 65 and over

  • all children who are two- and three- year-old on 31 August 2020

  • everyone living in a residential or nursing home

  • everyone who cares for an older or disabled person

  • household members of anyone on the NHS Shielded Patient List

  • And finally all frontline health and social care workers


  • all children in primary school or year 7 are eligible but are arranged through their school.

  • all pregnant women are eligible but are arranged through maternity services


You should ALSO have the free flu vaccine at Birley if you have one of these conditions and are aged between 6 months and 65 years of age

  • a heart problem

  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including COPD 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 mini stroke called a TIA

  • diabetes

  • a neurological condition, such as MS, cerebralpalsy

  • a learning disability

  • a problem with your spleen, eg sickle cell disease

  • are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)

  • People on the NHS Shielded Patient List for COVID-19



We are currently unable to offer patients a Flu vaccination who are 50-64 who do not fit the criteria above. This may be available from November to December depending on decisions from the government and the NHS. We will certainly contact everyone 50-64 when this becomes available.


For everyone else you will need to enquire at pharmacies to arrange this privately.

More information;



This winter more than ever, with COVID-19 still in circulation, we need to reduce all avoidable risks. By getting the jab, you can help protect yourself, your family and the NHS – it will help save lives. Vaccinating more people will also protect the most vulnerable and reduce the number of people needing flu treatment from the NHS.


What is flu?

Having a cold usually starts with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu however can be much worse. Symptoms of flu inclide fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Some people are more susceptible to the effects of flu and they can develop a more serious illnesses leading to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death


Flu is caused by influenza viruses . And because it’s caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it.


How do you catch flu? When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they spread the flu virus in tiny droplets of saliva over a wide area. You can prevent the spread of the virus by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and you should wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitiser. But the best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination.



Why are household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List being offered a flu vaccine this year?


The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19. But we want to keep those most vulnerable to COVID-19 stay well this winter. To reduce the chance of an at risk person catching flu from their household, we are offering them the flu vaccine. If you live with someone who is on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or if you expect to share accommodation with them on most days over the winter, then you should ask for a free flu vaccine.


There will be measures in place at Birley to keep you safe from COVID-19 . Staff giving the vaccine will be wearing protective equipment to protect both you and themselves from the virus.


Any children aged two or three years old will given their vaccination through their GP surgery.


Primary school-aged children and year 7 children will be offered the flu vaccine in school.

For most children, the vaccine will be given as a spray in each nostril. This is a very quick and painless procedure. Eligible children aged between 6 months and 2 years old will be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under the age of two.


For more information on children and flu vaccination see the link at the end.


Check with your GP before having the vaccine;

If you have ever had a allergy to a vaccine,

If you are allergic to eggs or have a condition that weakens your immune system.


You can have the vaccine if you have a minor illness such as cold. If you have a fever, the vaccination should be delayed until you are better.


Side effects of the nasal vaccine may commonly include a runny or blocked nose, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite. Those having the injected vaccine may get a sore arm, a slight fever and aching muscles for a day or two. Serious side effects with either vaccine are uncommon.


Will the flu vaccine protect you completely?

The vaccine reduces your chance of getting flu this season. And if you do get flu, it is more likely be mild. Last years flu vaccination will not protect you.


What do you need to do now?

If you belong to one of the groups mentioned book a vaccination appointment.



For pregnant women, the vaccine may also be available through maternity services. The flu vaccine is free. If you are a frontline health or social care worker, find out what arrangements have been made at your workplace for providing flu vaccination.


For more information please follow the links at the end.

Thank you.