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Flu Vaccinations now available...

Dated: 6-Oct-17

Flu vaccinations are available every year on the NHS to help protect you from the risk of flu and its complications.

Are you entitled to the flu vaccine on the NHS?

You are eligible to receive a free if you:

  • are 65 years of age over
  • are pregnant
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a's allowance, or you are main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • have certain long term medical conditions including:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma(which requires anor tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past),
    • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease,motor neurone diseasemultiple sclerosis (MS)
    • diabetes problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system the result of such as HIVAIDS, or medication as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • being over weight (BMI of 40 or above)

(please note this list is not exhaustive – ask your GP/Nurse if you are not sure)

When are the clinics?

We would like to offer you a number of opportunities for us to give you the flu vaccination.

Walk-in appointments

We now have two staff members that can do walk-in flu vaccinations for adults. Please ask at reception to see if they are working so that you can wait to have your flu jab that day.

Please complete the consent form before you see the clinician.

Other opportunities for the Flu Vaccines

There is also the opportunity for drop-in vaccination by our Medication Advisor, Dot, at our Birch Hill site. Please ask at reception if she is available and they can check for you.

Opportunistic when attending for a face to face consultation with any clinician, just ask them about the vaccination and they can organise for it to be done – usually there and then.

New Quad Vaccine

We are very pleased to confirm that we will be offering the NEW ‘Quad-Vaccine’ (covers 4 strains) for the 2017/18 flu season, in addition to the usual ‘Tri-Vaccine’ (covers 3 strains). Our recommendation is to visit us early to ensure you have an opportunity to receive the limited stock of ‘Quad-Vaccine’ We will contact as many eligible patients as possible via text messaging and emailing, but do please check our website or ask when you next visit or speak to the surgery.

Help us, so we can help you

The surgery purchases flu vaccines on your behalf so please have your vaccine with us. GP surgeries run like businesses and in order to survive, the flu vaccine programme helps generate income by meeting NHS England targets. If that money goes elsewhere, surgeries struggle to survive and can no longer offer the service. When we vaccinate you against flu we also obtain vital data that is necessary for your medical record and care. If you choose to go elsewhere for your vaccine such as a pharmacy or supermarket, we cannot gather this information, and they do not gather this for us, so please book in here. You have the opportunity to be vaccinated against shingles, or pneumonia if you are eligible. We can check if you are overdue a review for areas such as your blood pressure, medication, asthma, diabetes etc. Have your flu vaccine in an environment that you know, with clinicians and staff you know and where we have your medical records immediately to hand.

Mythbusters

  • We have not asked ANY pharmacy or supermarket to give you the flu vaccine on our behalf or gather vital medical updates.
  • We are NOT running the vaccination programme with any pharmacy or supermarket.
  • You are NOT doing us a favour, or saving us time by getting your flu vaccine somewhere else.
  • No pharmacy or supermarket has access to your medical record.

For more information about the clinical aspects of myth busting please see NHS Choices.

Research

This year we are taking part in a flu surveillance study in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). This important research will look into any side effects following flu vaccines. If you would like to take part you will be given a questionnaire and stamped addressed envelope when you have your flu vaccine. This will need to be completed and posted back to us after one week. Your participation in this study would be greatly appreciated.

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