FLU Clinics 2020/21 

Updated 1st February 2021 - Additional Flu Clinic Sunday 7th February 2021

Everyone over the age of 50 is now entitled to an NHS annual flu vaccination. There is still a risk of a regular flu outbreak over the next few months and the combination of regular flu and Coronavirus would have very severe health consequences. We would strongly advise that you attend for a vaccination. There must be a minimum period of 7 days between Influenza and  Coronavirus vaccinations. We are therefore arranging a walk-through clinic at The Ferry Port on Sunday 7th February between 09:00 and 12:00. Book online at http://poolecentral.eventbrite.co.uk 

We strongly advise you to book an appointment so that you have had this vaccination in advance of a later appointment for the Covid vaccine.

Over 65's & Patients At Risk

Patients who were previously invited for a flu vaccination but who have yet to be vaccinated, should contact their own Practice via telephone. Limited clinic spaces are available in surgery, or at the above drive-through clinic. 

If you are eligible and would like to book a flu vaccine please email: fluqueries@dorsetgp.nhs.uk or call 01202 836410

Flu Vaccine Information - Winter 20/21

Eligible patients are;

  • Anyone over 65 years on or before 31/3/2021
  • Any healthy children aged 2 or 3 years on 31/8/2020
  • Anyone in  a high risk group; chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetes, Immunosuppression, Absent spleen, Pregnant women, Body mass index >40
  • Any health care or social care worker directly involved in the care of their patients or clients, or in receipt of a carers allowance.
  • Anyone between 50 and 64 years.

Please note we unable to offer any private vaccination for any patients this year due to stock levels.

Details of the Coronavirus vaccination process will be published when available, however we can confirm that the vaccine will initially only be available for patients in care homes and then all patients over 80 years with the intention to offer down the age groups as more vaccine becomes available.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Our Flu clinics are being run offsite this year due to restrictions caused by the current Coronavirus pandemic. 

These are ‘drive-through’ clinics to maximise patient safety and minimise contact with others during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you do not drive, and are unable to be driven to the clinic by another member of your household or ‘bubble’, you can attend on foot as a 'walk-through' patient, and we will vaccinate you in a separate area with social distancing measures in place. If you are unable to get to the venue please contact your Surgery who will add you to a waiting list for local walk-through clinics at your Surgery which will take place after the drive-through clinics.

 

FAQs for patients

 

 

Why are you doing drive-through clinics?

 

As a potential second wave of Covid-19 spreads across the country, patient safety is our top priority. Although some small walk-through clinics have taken place, with nearly 30,000 people across our Network likely to be eligible for vaccination this winter (including the 50-64 age group that has been announced by the Government) we have had to put in place a process which can handle this number of vaccinations in a safe manner.

 

A drive-through clinic enables patients to minimise their exposure to other people or buildings, and the only contact will be at your car window with key staff, who will all be wearing the appropriate PPE.

 

I cannot drive, how do I get my Flu Vaccination?

 

If there is another driver in your household or your Covid ‘bubble’, please ask them to bring you to the clinic. If you cannot drive, you can attend the Port venue as a ‘walk-through’ patient, rather than ‘drive-through’ and we will ensure a safe, controlled and socially distanced environment for patients to do so using the ‘North Lounge’.

 

If you cannot get to the Port, please contact your registered surgery who will make alternative local arrangements for you 

 

I cannot attend on any of the dates currently available, will further dates be announced?

 

Due to flu vaccine stock levels, and the forthcoming Covid-19 vaccination programme, it is unlikely that further clinics will be arranged, however please contact your Surgery and we do our best to accommodate you.

If you have any queries regarding our Flu Vaccination Programme 2020 please email: fluqueries@dorsetgp.nhs.uk or telephone your Surgery.

 

NOTE TO PARENTS: If your child is under 16 years and will be attending immunisation accompanied by another family member (e.g. Grandparent), you MUST give us your signed consent . Without this consent, we shall be unable to vaccinate your child until it has been obtained. Please click here to download the consent form - or ask for a copy at reception.

 

If you are not entitled to receive a free flu vaccination, you may pay for it privately. Private Flu vaccinations are offered by pharmacies such as Boots, Tesco, Asda or other local pharmacies. For more information please click HERE

 

INFLUENZA

In most cases there is nothing to worry about. Within a week with rest and treatment from your pharmacist you should start to feel better. 

This year Public Health England is concerned over the increased number and severity of Flu cases. If you are pregnant, over 65, have a long term medical condition, or a weakened immune system, you may be at risk of severe illness and/or complications.

Current guidance from the Department of Health asks GP's to consider the use of specific antiviral medication to treat flu. This is most effective if given within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.

Symptoms of flu include:

  1. High Temperatures (usually >38 degrees)
  2. General symptoms of Unwell such as: Headache; Feverish; Muscle/Joint pains; Fatigue
  3. Respiratory Symptoms such as: cough; sore throat; nasal congestion

www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

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