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Quantock Vale Surgery

Quantock Vale Surgery

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Flu Clinics 2020

 

 

Due to patient safety and social distancing in mind, we are not holding walk-in clinics for flu vaccination this year. Patients will be instead be required to attend on a set day/time. There will be separate clinics for those shielding (and their households/carers), aged over 65 and those aged 18-64 (in an at risk group). Children who are eligible for flu vaccination will be invited to their own separate clinic.

 

We will do our very best to keep waiting times to a minimum. Please help us to do this by being punctual, only attending during your allocated time slot and by having your arm exposed ready for vaccination. There will be no waiting area inside the building, so please come prepared for all types of weather.

 

The surgery will operate a one way system – please enter via the front entrance and you will be greeted by a member of staff. There will be signage to guide you on the day. Once vaccinated please leave at the side of the building in the main car park area.

 

All patients will be required to wear a face covering (please bring your own if possible).

 

We are awaiting further guidance on the government’s plans to extend eligibility to those aged 50-64.

 

The actual dates for the flu clinics are coming soon (most will be on a Friday).

 

In 2020/21, flu vaccinations will be offered via the GP practice to the following groups:

• people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)

• those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group such as those with:

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
  • learning disability
  • diabetes
  • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
  • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)

• household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable

• those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill

 

For pregnant ladies, please speak to your midwife.

 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Surgery if you are unsure.

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