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The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from any of the countries below, follow the specific advice for returning travellers. Detailed advice for returning travellers is available on gov.uk.

Call 111 now if you've been:

  • to Hubei province in China in the last 14 days or Iran, areas of northern Italy in lockdown or "special care zone" areas in South Korea since 19 February (even if you do not have symptoms) detailed maps are available on gov.uk
  • to other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath
  •  to other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath
  • in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on nhs.uk.

This page is to advise you of the clinical recommendations around the most effective flu vaccine for patients for the 2018/19 NHS flu vaccination programme. 

There are different flu vaccinations depending on your age at the time the vaccination is given:

      • AGED 65 AND OVER to receive the adjuvant trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV
      • AGED UNDER 65 to receive Quadravalent vaccine as used in previous years

 

This decision was made on the basis of strong clinical evidence that this is the most effective was of vaccinating our eligible patients, for further information please read the Public Health Publication Here .

NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care have been communicating closely with the manufacturer of the vaccines to ensure adequate doses are available to meet the needs of the UK population, and to achieve equitable supply for the flu vaccination programme. Should supply become a problem, alternative plans are in place to ensure vaccines are available where possible.

To manage both quadravalent and aTIV vaccine supply across the UK, there are planned deliveries to UK GP practices in three phases in October and November this year. The flu outbreaks often start around December, though we know it can start earlier in some years and flu clinics will be staggered under advice from Public Health England so that the right vaccine is given at the right time.It is important to vaccinate promptly but also not too early to ensure you are as protected as possible throughout the Winter months.

As there are two different vaccines this year, we are intending to immunise our patients in groups to ensure safety and efficiency. We will be vaccinating the majority of our patients at clinics on Saturday mornings on the following dates: 13th October 2018

At these busy Saturday morning clinics we ask for your patience and we have plenty of staff on offer to help with queues, communication and parking. We ask as many patients as possible walk to the practice when attending these busy Saturday morning clinics. 

PLEASE also be reminded that flu vaccinations are an important part of general practice income. For every vaccination that our patients receive at other settings including supermarkets, stations and pharmacies (even at our onsite pharmacy), the NHS loses vital income which supports our clinical resources throughout the year. We have enough vaccines to ensure everyone who is eligible can receive one and we have an aim to vaccinate everyone in time for Christmas. Please support us by having your vaccination provided by one of our medical staff here on site at the practice.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and we look forward to being your flu jab provider-of-choice again this year.

Flu clinic appointments will be available for booking from Monday the 10th September. Please telephone our reception team to book your appointment on the usual number, 01516394616

(Please be aware that those patients needing a shingles or pneumococcal vaccination at the same time as a flu vaccine will need a longer appointment during the week as these fast-moving Saturday clinics may accommodate these).

 
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