Seasonal Flu  Immunisation

The flu vacination is the best protection for you and those around you which is why it is offered free for those most at risk.

Vaccinations started in September and continue over the winter months, with appointments avaialble throughout the season (so there is still plenty of time to book). Priority is given to those who are most at risk of flu. GP practices and pharmacies receive phased deliveries of the vaccine and flu clinics are schedules to coincide with these deliveries. 

By staggering appointments over the winter months, we can help protect as many people as possible from flu. 

Please note that if you are aged between 50 and 64 and are not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and cooperation. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical at risk group 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. Please contact us on 01892 520027 for more information, or visit your local community pharmacy. 

If you are a household member or a carer of a shielded patient, you are eligible for the flu vaccination. Please contact us for more information or visit your local community pharmacy. 

For parents/carers of two and three year olds, you should receive an invitation for your child to have the vaccination at the GP practice before the winter. If you haven't heard by early November, contact us to make an appointment. 

For primary school-aged children and those in Year 7 at secondary school, a vaccination session will be held at school during the autumn term. Your local healthcare team will contact you via the school. 

New Arrangements due to Covid-19

As you can imagine, due to Covid-19, there will be some changes to the Flu clinics this year. The Practice will be working hard to ensure that we keep to Government Guidelines, whilst still delivering the flu vaccination to as many eligible patients as possible. 

To keep both our staff and patients safe during the pandemic, the following precautions will be in place:

  1. Spaced out nurse appointments so that we can maintain appropriate social distancing within the practice
  2. Hand sanitiser available upon arrival to the practice 
  3. We kindly request that all patients wear a face covering when visiting the practice
  4. More frequent, deeper cleans 
It is vital that you DO NOT attend the Practice if you or a member of your household currently has symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are self-isolating due to contact with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19
 

Who Is Invited? 

Patients who meet the eligibile criteria will receive an invitation via text message, email, phone call or letter. 

When you receive your invitation please call the surgery on 01892 520027 to book your appointment (avoiding 8am - 9am and 12.30pm to 1.30pm if possible)

Think you should have got an invite?

If you feel you're eligible but have not received an invite by the end September to mid October, we would advise you call us on 01892 520027 so we can investigate why this would be. 

 

Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?

Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Please phone the surgery during September to make an appointment if the above applies to you.

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