We now have our influenza vaccinations in stock and will be contacting eligible patients to book an appointment over the coming months. Please read below for more information on how the flu programme will work this year, a copy of this information is being sent to all eligible patients by letter. The extension of the flu programme to include patients aged 50-64 who have no underlying medical conditions is still be finalised so we will be in touch with any patients in this cohort when we have further details.
Influenza is a virus that infects many people each year, which can cause severe illness. The flu vaccination provides the best possible protection against this virus.
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We would really appreciate your support as this year we have to run our flu clinics differently. We know that the extra precautions may seem restrictive or confusing but it is really important we keep patients and staff Covid safe.
All our flu clinics will be appointment only; please do not attend if you have not pre booked an appointment. We will contact you to book an appointment, do not call us unless we have not been in touch by 19th October; if you have an existing appointment with the practice nurses they will be able to administer your flu jab at the same time.
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 or are quarantining after returning from a holiday abroad.
Please attend at your appointment time. Due to social distancing and infection control guidelines we need to keep the number of patients in the practice at any one time to a minimum. We will be operating a one way system to facilitate social distancing so it would be appreciated if you could follow staff member’s directions so we can ensure everyone has their vaccination safely.
If you arrive too early you will be asked to wait in your car and if you arrive too late you may not be able to be seen and may have to rebook.
Please wear a face covering or mask whilst in the practice at all times and please attend alone unless you need assistance. Let us know if you have any special circumstances we need to be aware of.
Please wear clothing that makes access to your arm easy and be ready as possible when called by the nurse. Due to the timing of the appointments the nurses will only be able to give patients a flu vaccination and won’t be able to do any other vaccinations or procedures at the same time.
There is currently not a vaccination for Covid 19; we will advise patients when this becomes available.
Please bring as few belongings as possible. Toilet facilities will not be available on site.
NHS England has asked us to help with future planning and would like the practice to record patient’s ethnicity if possible. Could you advise the practice of your ethnicity when you next attend so we can record this in your notes.
The vaccination is free and recommended yearly for those who are most at risk of contracting influenza. This includes:
- Pregnant women
- People who have certain chronic conditions such as Asthma, COPD or Diabetes.
- Everyone aged 65 and over
- 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 wish to decline your influenza vaccination please let the practice know by posting the slip with your letter back to us or contacting us by email email@example.com via the website www.moretondoctors.nhs.uk
Dr Hywel Furn Davies & Dr Cathy Bobrow
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