FLU CLINIC AT CALBECK

 Due to the current situation with Covid-19, for the safety of all our patients and our staff,  Caldbeck Surgery has decided to run a FLU CLINIC this year. It will be based at Caldbeck Parish Hall, CA7 8EU

Flu is a highly infectious disease. The symptoms, that come on very quickly, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. For most healthy people, a bad bout of flu is worse than a heavy cold usually requiring someone to spend a few days in bed. However, serious infections, especially in those with underlying health conditions, although less common, can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability and even death.

Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people and can cause serious illness and death each year. the vaccination is Free and recommended yearly for those most at risk from flu.

This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:

  • Adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • pregnant women
  • people living with someone who’s at high risk for coronavirus ( on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • children in primary school
  • children in year 7 ( secondary school)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64. More information will be available later in the autumn.

However, if you’re aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.

For more information visit:

http://www.nhs.uk/flujab   or     https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

We normally vaccinate the over 65s and those who have a condition that puts them more at-risk from flu; this year we also have those who have been officially advised to shield due to Covid-19, and the prospect (not yet confirmed by the NHS ) of adding the 50-64 years olds to those eligible.

Our plan is to run flu-specific clinics at Caldbeck village hall, spread over 6 weeks ( since our vaccine is delivered in tranches over this period). We will prioritise as follows:

You will receive either an SMS text or a letter inviting you to a specific date and either and AM or a PM clinic, please attend at this time and date if at all possible. The dates that the clinics will be running are shown below. if you are unable to attend at your designated time please ring us to arrange an alternative date *after the date you were invited*. Please be aware you may need to wait longer. ( if you attend earlier we may not have enough vaccine and will have to turn you away)

In particular, if you have not been officially advised to shield, *do not attend on the shielding days*. Keeping this group of patients separate from others is of vital importance to their safety.

Please do not attend if you have not received a letter or SMS text invite.

Dates for  flu clinics are as follows:

  • Weds  07 – Oct  Shielding only
  • Thurs  08 – Oct  Shielding only 
  • Tues   13 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Weds  14 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Thurs  15 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Tues   27 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Weds  28 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Thurs  29 – Oct  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Tues   10 – Nov  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Weds  11 – Nov  Over 65s/ at-risk
  • Thurs  12 – Nov  Over 65s/ at-risk

Clinics will run from 09:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 on each day. Hall access will be closed outside these times.

Please note that we will be using the hall side doors for entry and exit only, as the front steps aren’t suitable for limited-mobility access. To preserve safe queueing and social distance, all entry will be via the right hand side door, and all exit via the left-hand side door.

When arriving for flu vaccination:

– wear a facial covering,

– be on time 

– wear clothes that allow access to the top of your shoulder

This  will shorten time spent at the hall and it will help maintain social distancing reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection. Please use the hand sanitiser

Dates for 50-64 year-olds will be provided in due course once we have NHS confirmation of eligibility and additional vaccine stock has been provided.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

More information at http://www.nhs.uk/flujab

Caldbeck Surgery