Adult Flu Clinics
This is the time of year when we start planning our flu clinics at the surgery. As you can appreciate this year will not be quite the same as previously as we need to build the effects of the coronavirus pandemic into our plans.
We are still awaiting detailed guidance from NHS England but some things are already clear.
We will not be running any walk-in clinics or remote clinics this year. We anticipate the clinics being booked appointments only from mid-September onwards once the vaccine has been delivered.
Please be assured that we will be putting in place everything we need to do to make your visit safe and Covid secure – social distancing, staff in PPE and minimising your time in the surgery.
However, we are going to need your help in helping us to make the clinics run as smoothly as possible.Please make sure you wear a face covering when you come for your flu jab.
Please make sure you wear a short sleeved shirt or top and that your outer clothing can be easily removed. We will need to access the very top of your arm in order to administer the vaccine and anything you can do to make that easier would be very much appreciated.
We will be vaccinating our usual patients ie. patients who will be 65 or over on 31/3/2021, are a carer, are pregnant, or may have, or had, a condition which could put them at increased risk should you get influenza.
At the time of going to press we have just heard that the cohort is to include 50-64 year old patients – we are still awaiting guidance and we will have to consider how this will impact on our plans. Please do not call the surgery with enquiries – we will keep our Facebook page and website updated.
Child Flu Clinics
We will also be contacting parents whose children are aged 2-3 (born 1.9.2016 – 31.8.2018) or aged 4-17 and have a condition which puts them at greater risk if they get flu. Children in years R-7 will be vaccinated in school by Schools Health. Please wait until you get an invitation letter before contacting the surgery.