Flu & Pneumococcal Immunisation

Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?

Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk.

 

Who Is At Risk?

  • If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
  • If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
  • If you have chronic heart disease
  • If you have chronic renal disease
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you have a weak immune system
  • If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
  • If you have a chronic liver disease
  • If you are a carer

 

Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?

Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. 

Important Patient Information 

Wherever possible we ask that patients attend the surgery alone as space in the building is strictly limited to enable us to maintain social distancing.  Those patients who need to be accompanied by a carer are asked to attend with a maximum of one carer.

Before heading to the surgery for your appointment please:

  • ensure you have proof of your appointment (letter or text message),
  • Wear loose fitting clothing
  • Have a face covering.  Patients without face coverings will only be permitted to enter the surgery if they meet one of the agreed exclusion categories.
  • Prepare to wait outside, bring an umbrella and wear suitable clothing.  We are taking measures to minimise the need to queue outside but this could still be a possibility.
  • If you are driving to the surgery, we would also suggest you leave home in sufficient time to allow time to park.

Arrival for appointment

Please arrive at the surgery at the time of your appointment.  This minimises the need to queuing outside the practice. Access to the surgery will be strictly limited to patients with evidence of a flu vaccination clinic appointment. 

A member of staff will take your temperature using a handheld temperature monitor and ask you the following COVID-19 screening questions.

  • Do you or any member of your household/ family have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19?
  • Are you or any member of your household/family waiting for a COVID-19 test result?
  • Have you travelled internationally in the last 14 days?
  • Have you had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or been in isolation with a suspected case in the last 14 days?
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms?
    • high temperature or fever
    • new, continuous cough
    • a loss or alteration to taste or smell

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’ or, if you have a temperature, you will not be able to be vaccinated and will be asked to contact the surgery when it reopens to arrange an alternative appointment.

Your vaccination

Summary of key elements of the pre vaccination process and the vaccination.

This appointment is strictly for a flu vaccination only.  If you need to speak to a healthcare professional about any other issue, please contact the surgery to make a separate appointment.

After your vaccination

Once you have had your vaccination all patients are asked to follow the directional signage set out in the building. This will be different to the usual exit.

We thank you in advance for your co-operation in keeping our staff and patients safe during our flu vaccination clinics.