Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.
FLU CAMPAIGN 2016
We have flu vaccination clinics in all of our sites becoming available from October -please telephone surgery reception or book online. We will be offering Shingles vaccinations to eligible age groups and Pneumonia Vaccination in the same clinics.
We have about 3000 patients eligible for flu vaccines this year -around 1/3 of our total practice population. The number of people for whom vaccination is recommended has increased again this year.
Children in school years 1 and 2 who are not otherwise eligible will be offered a nasal spray vaccination in School - which has been outsourced to Boots. Parents should receive separate notification and consent regarding this.
Children generally get a nasal spray type vaccine, adults generally an injection.
If you are not sure -please ring your reception and we can check your records.
In previous years, the local Public Health department would write to all eligible patients over 65 to inform them of eligibility. This service has been stopped due to funding cuts. The funding to our GP practice has also been cut so we have to be innovative!
We will be sending generic text and phone reminder messages (one per household) as a first reminder -which will go out in late September. This service is provided for free by Sanofi. We do not upload any personal information to them other than a list of phone numbers, and this data will not be used for other purposes. We will be reviewing attendence as the season progresses and using mail and phone calls to remind those who have not made appointments.
Dr Richard Greenway