It's 'flu time again! Clinics commence 8th September 2020
The Department of Health recommends anyone within one of the following risk groups is immunised against influenza every year;
- Children aged between 2 years and under 4 years
- Adults aged 65 years and over (born before 1st April 1956)
- Anyone with an illness or disease where influenza infection would be a significant risk
- Women who are currently pregnant
- Anyone who is the main carer of someone that is elderly, disabled or has a chronic illness
Additionally, anyone who is, or has been, shielding during the coronavirus pandemic is eligible for an influenza vaccination too. Such patients will have received a letter earlier in the year from the government detailing that they are at high risk of developing complications if infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Clinics are available from Tuesday 8th September 2020 and you can book appointments by telephone or online. Please DO NOT book an appointment for immunisation if you are not eligible. We have a limited number of vaccines and appointments available and our priority is to immunise those patients most at risk. We are in the process of inviting eligible patients under the age of 65 by mail, SMS and email. Patients aged 65 years or older are advised to make an appointment without invite.
Due to the policies in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you will be expected to queue outside the entrance to the surgery prior to your appointment. A receptionist will greet you at the entrance and provide guidance to navigate the one way system that will be in place on the day;
- Arrive on time for your appointment. Please do not arrive early or late for your appointment
- Wear a mask or appropriate face covering
- Wear clothing appropriate for the weather as you may be expected to wait outside for a short period of time due to social distancing measures
- Wear loose fitting clothing so that you can quickly expose the top of your arm to receive your vaccination
Flu, short for influenza, is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.
It's not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses. Symptoms tend to be more severe and last longer.
You can catch flu all year round, but it is especially common in winter, which is why it is also known as "seasonal flu".