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Flu Vaccinations Posted on 25 Aug 2020

Forest House Surgery Flu Campaign 2020

 

This year, due to the Coronavirus Crisis and the requirements for social distancing we will only be holding Flu Clinics on Saturdays.

Saturday Flu Vaccination Dates

September 19th and 26th

October 3rd and 10th

All patients MUST pre-book an appointment in advance.  Patients who arrive without a booked appointment will be turned away.

Patients who have been Shielding

For those patients who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and who were advised by the NHS to Shield, we are holding extra Flu Clinics on:

Wednesday 23rd September - Afternoon

Shielding patients MUST pre-book an appointment in advance. Shielding patients who arrive without a booked appointment will be turned away

How to book an appointment:

Please call our Reception on 01509 508412.  Please call after 10.00am when our lines are less busy.

From now until 02 October 2020 we are allowing a limited amount of patients in to book their Flu Vaccinations at the front desk, if there are too many patients in the surgery at any one time you will be asked to wait outside before we can allow you to enter.

Instructions for attending a Flu Clinic

·         Please only attend if you are fit and well

·         Do Not attend if you or anyone in your household is self-isolating due to Coronavirus symptoms or have been advised to self-isolate by Test and Trace

·         Your temperature will be taken before you are allowed into the Surgery. Patients with a temperature of 37.8 or above will be asked to return home and contact NHS 111.

·         Please wear a mask or face covering.

·         Please come alone if you are able to.

·         Please do not arrive more than 5-10 minutes before your appointment time.

·         Please be aware that you may need to queue outside the Surgery, even in inclement weather.

·         We will be operating a queueing and one way system within the surgery, staff will be on hand to guide you.

·         When queueing and moving around the Surgery, please observe Social Distancing guidance

·         We will ask that you remove your outer clothing (coats/jackets/cardigans) when you enter the Surgery

·         Please wear short sleeved or loose tops and have your arm exposed before entering the clinical room for your flu vaccination. This will greatly help to avoid delays and reduce the time you will be in the Surgery.

·         You will be unable to choose which Clinician administers your Flu Vaccination

Home visits are available - for housebound patients only.

As in previous years, for those patients who are truly housebound, we will be offering home visits to administer their flu vaccinations.

Please call our reception on 01509 508412 to enquire.

 

Eligible Young Adults under 18 and Eligible Children

For Children aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2020 – (children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018.) and other clinically eligible children and young adults under 18   -    invitation letters and text reminders will be sent out when we receive our stock of Nasal Flu Vaccine. We hope to get our stock by mid-September.

All Primary School aged children, including those in year 7, will be offered the nasal vaccine at School NOT at the Surgery,

Children who are not able to have the nasal vaccine for clinical reasons will be offered an alternative vaccine. We would ask that the parent/guardian contact the Surgery in mid-September when we expect to have received the alternative vaccine.

Flu 2020: Frequently Asked Questions

Who should get the flu vaccine?

This year the flu vaccine is being offered by the NHS, free of charge to patients in the AT RISK groups who are as follows:

·     Adults 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2021)

·     People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age) including:

·         chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis

·         chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

·         chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five

·         chronic liver disease

·         chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,

·         learning disabilities

·         diabetes

·         splenic dysfunction or asplenia

·         a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)

·         morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)

·         People who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and who have been advised by the NHS to Shield, including their household members

·     Pregnant women

·     CARERS - including a person living with someone who has been advised by the NHS to shield

·     Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020

·      Children in primary school (Note: these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)

·      Children in year 7 (secondary school) (Note: these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)

·      Frontline Health or Social Care workers

IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE PLEASE ASK RECEPTION.

How to book: If you are eligible:

· Please telephone Reception 01509 508412.  Please call after 10.00am when our lines are less busy.

From now until 02 October 2020 we are allowing a limited amount of patients in to book their Flu Vaccinations at the front desk, if there are too many patients in the surgery at any one time you will be asked to wait outside before we can allow you to enter.

How to decline:

·This year more than ever, we are expecting the demand for Flu vaccinations to be extremely high.

 If you are eligible for a Flu vaccine but do not wish to have one this year, please let us know as soon as possible.  As our telephone lines are extremely busy, you may wish to send us a short note with your name, address and date of birth, just stating that you do not wish to have a flu vaccination this year.  You can post the note in the letter box outside our main entrance. Once we are made aware that you have declined the vaccination, you should not receive any further reminders (text, letter or phone call).

I am almost 65 years old, am I eligible now?

Yes. Anyone who will be 65 years old by the 31st March 2021 will be entitled to receive a flu vaccine.

 I am Asthmatic am I eligible?

If you have been prescribed a preventer inhaler alongside your blue inhaler, you are eligible for a free Flu Vaccination.

Can I have my flu vaccine when attending the surgery for another medical reason?

Yes, but only if you have an appointment and ONLY if time allows on the day.

Please note that our Phlebotomist, Rebecca Butlin, cannot administer Flu Vaccinations

I am aged 50-64, am I also now eligible?

Later in the year (November to December), the flu vaccine is expected to be offered to patients aged 50 to 64 who are not currently eligible as they are not in any of the AT RISK groups as already detailed . We are waiting for more information from the NHS.

· If you're aged 50 to 64 and in one of the At Risk groups, please book for your flu vaccine now

 · If you’re aged 50 to 64 and are not in any of the At Risk groups, please ensure the practice has a correct mobile number for you. As soon as we receive information from the NHS about the availability of vaccines for you, we will be sending out details by text. Details will also be on our website and Facebook page.

I have an egg allergy can I have the flu vaccine?

If you have an allergy to eggs we will have a flu vaccine which is suitable for patients with egg allergies. Please discuss this with the Doctor, Nurse or Health Care Assistant at the time of your Flu vaccination appointment.

 

 

 

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