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Influenza (Flu)

FLU VACCINATION 2020

If you are aged 65 or over, or are aged 6 months to under 65 and in one of the clinical "at risk" groups for flu listed then you are strongly advised to have a flu vaccination.

Our first flu clinics will be for over 65s only and due to COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions there will be only prebookable clinics and no Walk In clinics. To book an appointment if you are eligible, please call our dedicated flu line on 07552 167929 between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday or 01785 815555.  Please note that the clinics will have to be run differently this year for the safety of all our patients and staff. Please read the details below which you must adhere to:

You will need to prebook your appointment, there will be no Walk In Clinics this year.

We will be booking clinics in prebooked half an hour slots. Please do not arrive any earlier than your half hour slot or any later. If you arrive early you will need to wait outside and if you arrive late then you will have to rebook. There will be no flexibility due to safety.

Please ensure that you are well and you nor any member of your household have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Please ensure that you attend with a face mask or covering.

When you arrive you will check in with one of our Reception staff who will give you a letter to take with you to your designated clinician. Please stand as directed in the surgery. There will be staff on hand to help you.

Please attend alone, we will only allow patients who are receiving the vaccines in the building. This is for your safety and for the safety of our staff.

Please ensure that you have your coat/jumpers off so that your arm is ready. Vaccines will be given at the door, there will be no access to rooms, this is to ensure that patients flow through the building quickly and safely.

There will be no other services available, please do not ask about prescriptions or referrals, we need patients to be in the building for the shortestamount of time.

You will be guided to exit through a different door from the one that you entered. Once you have your vaccine please leave the building promptly.

Clinic dates (all pre-booked only) and subject to vaccine availability

Thursday 17 December 2020 - 7.00am until 9.00am Age 50 - 64 (additional cohort)

Monday 21 December 2020 - 1.00pm to 2.00pm Children's Nasal Flu

 

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What is Flu?

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".

For more information see Influenza on the NHS website.

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Don't put off getting your Flu Vaccination