FLU Clinics 2020
What is flu?
Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it is sometimes called seasonal flu. It is a very infectious disease that can come on very quickly. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, cough, headache, pains in your joints and muscles and extreme tiredness. Healthy people usually recover within 3 to 4 weeks but some people can develop serious life-threatening complications and need to be admitted to hospital.
Colds are much less serious and usually start with a stuffy or a runny nose, sore throat and cough.
How do we prevent the spread of flu?
Flu is unpredictable and there can be different strains of the virus. Over the last ten years, however, the flu vaccine has generally been very good at targeting the circulating strains. The flu vaccine is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children who are most at risk of flu and its complications.
The flu vaccine
The flu vaccine is the best available protection against the flu virus. It is very safe, only takes a few minutes, and will last around a year.
Flu is more than a bad cold and can make people very unwell. It is highly infectious with symptoms that come on quickly. In the most serious cases, flu can bring on pneumonia or other serious infections which can, in extreme cases, result in death.
The vaccine is offered each winter flu season, which lasts from October to March.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
Any strain of flu can be dangerous for people who are vulnerable to it. That is why the following people are urged to get the free flu vaccine when we contact you for your appointment to help protect against flu:
- all children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August
2020- The schools will be offering the flu vaccine for school age children.
- those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
- pregnant women
- those aged 65 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- health and social care staff employed by a registered residential
care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, a voluntary
managed hospice provider.
What if I am not in one of the eligible groups?
If you’re 16 years old or over, and not in one of the eligible groups for the free flu immunisation, you can get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee.
What to do if I have flu?
Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include symptoms such as:
- fever (temperature above 38°C)
- tiredness or exhaustion
Every autumn, around September, we start our flu clinics. We aim to vaccinate as many of those at risk, as indicated above. We will be holding these clinics in the health centre.
We are expecting our flu vaccines for patients 65 + in early September. We will receive some of our under 65 patients flu vaccines at the end of September with further deliveries through October and November.
Please be assured that we will contact you to book your flu vaccine when we have clinics available. We are not booking that far ahead as in previous years we have not always received the vaccines on time which has resulted in having to cancel appointments.
We are currently contacting patients who are 65+ and have been on the shielding list.
To ensure we manage the safety of our patients and staff we will be holding small regular clinics on an invitation basis . Please follow the instructions you are given when we contact you for your appointment.
What you are saying.......................
We asked what we coud have done better today- you said...
- Nothing! Best surgery I've ever been to. Everyone... literally everyone. Reception staff nurses and my doctor. All so friendly and lovely. Very professional.
- Nothing excellent service
- Everything was great
- Nothing. It was incredibly well organised. Excellent PPE on nurse. Offered the choice to wait in my car whilst something was being checked. First time out after shielding I felt very confident that I was being safely dealt with.
- Nothing more you could have done. Janet the nurse l saw is a very friendly and efficient person, and was very gentle with dressing on my foot
- Nothing except if it was raining etc would like shelter from the elements when waiting for an appointment etc
- Nothing. Absolutely brilliant. The nurse was very pleasant and redressed my injuries with extreme care
- Nothing! All was as stress free as possible under the circumstances and highly effective treatment executed with kindness and professionalism. Thank you all
Thank you for your feed back
We have listened to your feedback and made a few changes. We have started to let a small number of patients wait inside. Obviously to ensure social distancing we have to limit the number that can wait inside. To ensure that you do not have to wait too long we ask that you arrive as close to your appointment time as possible.