Although the weather may be warm at the moment, the flu season will soon be upon us, so we are preparing for vaccinations.
Influenza is a virus that infects many people each year, causing severe illness and sometimes death. The flu vaccination provides the best possible protection against this unpredictable virus. Please note this vaccine offers no protection against the COVID-19 virus.
This year, we will be running our flu clinics differently to ensure that we are COVID safe.
Our Super Saturday event for those eligible (see below) will be on Saturday 10th October so get the date in your diary, but we will be in touch with you individually, over the coming weeks if you are eligible for a vaccine, to arrange your time slot.
You will be required to wear a face mask or covering when you come to the practice and wear clothing that will allow easy access to your left arm.
It is vital that you DO NOT attend for vaccination 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.
The vaccination is free and recommended yearly for those who are most at risk of contracting influenza. This includes:
- Children aged 2-10 years old*
- Pregnant women
- Anyone who suffers from a long-term medical condition
- Everyone aged 65 and over (then offered to those over 50 after this cohort has been offered the vaccine)
- People who act as carers or work in health and social care
- Close contacts of immune-compromised individuals
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
If there is someone you rely on as your carer, please ask them to contact their own surgery as they may be eligible for a free flu vaccination too. Thank you.
If you are unsure if you are eligible for a free vaccine please call our reception.
* Pre-school children aged 2-3 years will be vaccinated at their general practice. Children aged 4-10 years will normally be vaccinated at school.