Seasonal flu Clinics 2018
This year there is one big change as there will be 2 different types of vaccine.
There is a vaccine for the over 65’s it has been specially developed to give increased protection for our more senior patients. People 65 and older can have weakened immune systems and they often bear the greatest burden of influenza.
The routine version of the vaccination for the under 65’s is unchanged.
The first Clinic will be on Wednesday 19th September for the over 65’s only from 2pm to 3.30. Please telephone the surgery after 1st September to book your appointment.
Saturday 22nd September there will be a drop in clinic at the surgery as previously. This is for both age groups. This will be from
8.30 to 10.00 for patients with surname beginning A to L
10.00 to 11.30 for patients with surname beginning M to Z
For patients who would normally use the outreach surgery's
KNOWL HILL Wednesday 3rd October and Friday 2nd November
2.00 till 2.30
WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE: Friday 12th October and Wednesday 7th November
2.00 till 2.30
We will be delivering additional follow up clinics will be held in the early mornings, in the evenings and during the afternoons during September, October and into November.
Flu Immunisations 2018 - An Apology
With the changes to the flu vaccines this year we are receiving the over 65 vaccines in batches, in the first delivery we received 500 injections and then we were due a further 300 at the beginning of October followed by a further 500 at the end of October.
Such was the demand that by Saturday 22nd September we had used all of the initial 500 injections, and some older patients coming later to the surgery had to be turned away.
We would like to apologise to everyone who was inconvenienced and who have had to come back on another day. We had doctors and nurses (some of whom had come in in their holiday) ready and waiting to administer the injections and would have liked to have been able to have given the injections to everyone that did attend the clinic.
We hope that this issue is a teething problem with supply of the vaccine for the over 65 year olds as it is only being widely used in the country for the first time this year. Hopefully everything will run smoothly for the flu campaigns in years to come.