ADULT OVER 65 CLINIC
Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.
Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people. With COVID-19 still in circulation it is really important to reduce the number of those becoming ill with flu this winter to help protect them, the NHS and social care services. Research also shows that if you get both flu and COVID-19 at the same time you may be more seriously ill.
Flu can affect anyone, but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well. You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:
- aged 50 years or over (You're eligible for the flu vaccine this year if you'll be aged 50 or over on 31 March 2022)
- or have a long term condition such as:
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis or emphysema
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- chronic liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
- a learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
You should also consider having the flu vaccine if you are:
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a household contact of an immunocompromised person aged 6 months and over
- a health or social care worker
We want to keep those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 well this winter and we do not want them to catch flu.
This year our adult over 65 flu vaccination clinic will run slightly differently again in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Each patient will be allocated a specific slot to come to the practice. We ask that patients adhere to their times. This is to ensure we can socially distance appropriately for the safety of patients and staff. You will be asked to wait at a social distance outside Bullock Fair Close practice; staff members will be on hand to help you. We will be operating a one way system through the practice and patients will be moved through the surgery in small groups at a time.
Please be aware you may be asked to wait outside; therefore please bring a coat and umbrella if necessary.
Please DO NOT arrive before your appointment slot. If you have mobility issues or are unable to make your allocated appointment date or time, please contact the surgery to make arrangements or an alternative appointment time on 01379 853217, option 6 after 10am. If you are housebound due to your health conditions please let us know and we will arrange for a district nurse to visit you and administer the vaccination.
Please may we request patients make use of the hand sanitisers located throughout the practice.
Face coverings must also be worn at all times whilst waiting to enter the practice and whilst in the building. We will have lots of clinicians vaccinating to ensure your visit to the practice is as short as possible.
At regular intervals, we will clean all frequent touch points throughout the building and our staff will be wearing the recommended PPE for your protection.
This year our Adult over 65 flu vaccination clinics will be held on Saturday 18th September 2021 and Saturday 9th October 2021 at Bullock Fair:
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED - Simply turn up at your allotted time (as indicated on your invitation by post or text message).
Please note we are still awaiting JCVI / NHS decisions on Covid 19 boosters and these will NOT be administered at this clinic.
DO NOT attend the practice if you or a member of your household has a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss of/change in your sense of smell or taste or you have been advised to self-isolate. Instead, please contact the surgery to make an alternative appointment.
If you have not previously informed us of your ethnicity please could you provide us with a written note to inform us of this when you arrive for your vaccination for our records, a box will be on the reception desk for your letters to be deposited in.
If you do not wish to take this opportunity for a flu vaccination, please call our cancellation line on 01379 855908, leaving your name, date of birth and first line of your address, declining the offer of invitation for this year. We would like to direct you to the NHS.uk website for more information on the flu vaccination and the benefits of having one before contacting us. The address details are: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
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