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Flu Vaccination

 Important information for our patients

To ensure your safety and that of our staff, we will be managing our flu clinics slightly differently this year due to the continuing covid pandemic.

The government has announced that more people will be eligible for flu vaccination this year, including; household contacts of previously shielded patients, Year 7 school children (ages 11 on 31st August 2020), and health and social care workers. The aim is to further extend the vaccination programme in November and December to include everyone ages 50-64, as stocks of vaccine permit. This extension will be phased in to allow us to prioritise those in ‘at risk’ groups. We will be in touch with patients in the 50-64 age group when we have further information.

Eligible primary school children and Year 7 children will be offered the vaccination through their schools’ vaccination programme.

How our vaccination programme will work this year

If you are eligible to have a flu vaccination, we will contact you. We will text, email or get in touch direct to invite you to make an appointment. When you receive your invitation, please try to telephone the surgery within the following seven days between 12:00pm and 16:00pm and our team will be happy to arrange your flu appointment for you.

PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE SURGERY TO BOOK YOUR FLU APPOINTMENT

Please do not contact us about flu vaccinations before we have been in touch with you, patients considered to be at high risk will be given priority for early appointments.

If you have any queries regarding flu vaccination, please go to https://www.gov.uk or https://www.nhs.uk. If you still have queries, please call the surgery and speak to a practice nurse before you attend your appointment.

Guidance when attending your appointment

When attending for your vaccination it is very important that you follow all the guidance below:

§  If you are unwell on the day of your appointment, please do not attend. It would be great if you contact us a few days later to be re-booked.

§  Please wear loose clothing suitable to allow quick and easy access to your upper arm for vaccination. (No long sleeves).

§  Please attend alone if possible.

§  Please wear a face covering.

§  Try and bring as few items/bags as possible with you.

§  Please arrive at the time of your appointment to save any ques.

§  When booking your appointment the reception will advise what entrance to use.

Please help us to keep you, other patients and our staff safe by following all of this guidance.