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Flu Vaccinations

We have received lots of enquiries about flu vaccinations. Please note that receptionists will not be booking flu appointments but we will be advising all eligible patients by letter or by phone. We have now used all our stocks of flu vaccination and we are waiting for more to be delivered. We will contact any eligible patients who have not been vaccinated as soon as these are available. If you have not heard from us by 13th November and believe you are eligible please give us a call.

We will offer the vaccination to all our eligible patients those over 65 and those who have a medical condition which puts them more at risk if they catch flu. The Government has extended the flu vaccination this year to patients who have been advised to shield during the Covid outbreak. Some of these patients will already be in our at risk category but we are awaiting guidance from the Government on how we obtain sufficient vaccines to offer vaccination to this additional category of patients. Additionally we are advised to wait for further Government advice on the plan to offer vaccinations to patients aged 50-64. We understand that this programme will not take place until November at the earliest. We will keep you updated when we receive further guidance.

School aged children will be given the flu vaccination at school and will not be able to attend the surgery for this. Vaccinations for those children aged 4 – 18 who have a medical condition that requires them to have a different vaccination and children aged 2-3 years can have their vaccination at the surgery and arrangements will be communicated to parents of eligible children for the vaccinations to be given by one of our practice nurses.

 

Travel Vaccinations

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We offer a tailored travel health service including a full range of vaccinations and advice on malaria prophylaxis.

We are a designated yellow fever centre

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements.  This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. You will be seen by a nurse who has experience and training in travel medicine and immunisation, and who has access to specialist travel health online resources.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the NATHNAC website - www.nathnac.net and we suggest that you visit the travel health pro section of the website before your appointment.

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible  - at least 6-8 weeks before you travel (earlier for complex intineraries or higher risk travel)- as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations and some vaccines require a course which can take 1-2 months to complete.

However, if you have a last minute trip, or have only just got round to thinking about vaccinations for your holiday IT IS NEVER TOO LATE!  Some vaccinations can be given right up to the date of departure, and most malaria tablets should be started just one to two days before arrival in the risk area.  Please book a telephone appointment with the nurse who will be able to advise you on which vaccinations you have time for.  If we are unable to offer you a last minute appointment we can refer you to a private travel clinic.

If you have children who require vaccinations we ask that you book a telephone appointment to speak with the nurse first to discuss options.  It is often less stressful for the child to be vaccinated at a separate appointment.


Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.



 
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