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!! Update on NHS Flu Vaccine availability !!

Many people think that flu is just a bad cold, but it isn’t. Becoming ill with flu can lead to serious complications if you’re an older person, or if you have certain chronic conditions – it can develop into bronchitis or pneumonia, which could lead to a stay in hospital or even death in some cases.

Many people think that flu is just a bad cold, but it isn’t. Becoming ill with flu can lead to serious complications if you’re an older person, or if you have certain chronic conditions – it can develop into bronchitis or pneumonia, which could lead to a stay in hospital or even death in some cases.

Flu spreads easily – flu viruses can survive as particles in the air, or on surfaces such as door handles for several hours. So one person with flu can infect many others.

The Department of Health recommends flu vaccination for the following ‘at risk’ groups:

  • All patients over the age of 65
  • And patients with one of the following conditions:
    • Pregnancy
    • Diabetes
    • A BMI of 40 or over
    • A long-term condition of the lungs (e.g. asthma or COPD); heart; brain or nervous system; kidneys; liver; immune system; or spleen.

If you’re in one of the ‘at risk’ groups listed above, don’t underestimate flu. The most effective way to protect you and your family is to have a flu jab.

PLEASE NOTE – All GP Practices in the UK are receiving two types of adult flu vaccine this year – the type of flu vaccine you are given will depend on your age (one type is for patients aged 65+, the other type is for clinically ‘at risk’ patients aged under 65yrs). 

WE HAVE BEEN RUNNING FLU VACCINATION CLINICS AT THE SURGERY SINCE EARLY SEPTEMBER 2019 – PLEASE SEE UPDATE BELOW REGARDING LATEST  FLU VACCINE AVAILABILITY AND FLU JAB APPOINTMENTS.

!! UPDATE ON ADULT FLU VACCINE AVAILABILITY AT THE SURGERY !! – as at 20.11.19

  • We no longer have supplies of the ‘Over 65s’ flu vaccine and are unable to source further supplies – if you would still like to receive this vaccination, please contact your local Pharmacy as a matter of urgency and they should be able to arrange a free NHS flu jab for you while they still have stock
  • We do have some stock remaining of the adult flu vaccine for the ‘Under 65s’ and are aiming to get all eligible patients vaccinated before the flu virus begins to circulate (typically mid-December) – however we won’t have stock of this vaccine indefinitely, so please don’t delay in booking your flu jab appointment at the Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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