Flu Season is Here.
Flu is a serious and potentially life threatening infection and it is highly recommended that you vaccine against it.
The Flu Clinics will be held at the surgery on:
Saturday, 2nd. October – 9:00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Saturday, 9th. October – 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
You are eligible for a free flu vaccine if you are:
· Over 65
· Have a chronic disease e.g. Diabetes, Asthma, COPD Dementia, Cardiovascular Disease, etc.
A further update will be provided regarding the additional age cohorts. We currently are managing our workload and firstly targeting the above groups.
As you are probably aware, this year will be a very challenging year for delivering the flu vaccine program, so please bear with us if you have to wait longer than usual to be vaccinated.
Please be assured that we will be operating a socially distancing queuing system and strict infection control measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
When Attending the Flu Clinics please follow these instructions:
· Attend on your own unless you need help in mobilising.
· Please wear a face covering.
· We encourage you not to touch anything in the practice.
· Please follow the instructions for queuing. The queue will be controlled to ensure social distancing. If you are in a wheelchair or have very limited mobility, please make yourself known to one of the staff members.
· Please use the hand sanitiser when entering the practice.
· Wear clothing, which makes it easy to expose your upper arm.
· If it is raining on the day, please come prepared with an umbrella as the queue could be outside for a short period of time as we will only allowing 3 patients at a time in the surgery.
· There will be no chairs available to sit while waiting and you will not be able to sit whilst having the vaccination (for infection control). If you think you will struggle with this, please inform the Receptionist on arrival.
· Do not attend if you or any members of your household have symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been told to isolate.
· Please heed the instructions of the staff who are supervising the patient flow – they are there for your safety.
Flu Vaccine Q and A
Most frequently asked questions and answers
Is it safe?
The flu vaccines used in the national programme have a good safety record. There are 3 types of flu vaccine:
- a live quadrivalent vaccine which is given as a nasal spray to children and young people aged 2 to 17 eligible for the flu vaccine
- a quadrivalent injected vaccine which is given to adults aged between 18 and 65 who are at increased risk from flu due to a long-term health condition and for children aged 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live vaccine
- an adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over as it has been shown to be more effective in this age group. To be eligible for this you should be 65 on 31st March, 2019 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1954.
Talk to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist for more information about these vaccines.
What are the side effects?
Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.
Side effects of the nasal spray vaccine may commonly include a runny or blocked nose, headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite.