Have you thought about having a flu jab?
Patients can book their flu jabs from the beginning of September.
This year, our Flu clinics will be run very differently due to the ongoing Covid Pandemic
Clinics will be held on Saturdays commencing 26 September at both Pembury Road and Higham Lane sites, 8.30am-2.30pm.
Please adhere to social distancing guidance throughout the surgery premises and please wear a face covering (without a valve) to your appointment. It would be helpful if you wear loose fitting clothing so that we can readily access your upper arm to administer the vaccine.
You will be given a specific time for your appointment. It is important you adhere to the timings to help us manage social distancing and keep queues to a minimum.
Please cancel your appointment if you develop any COVID symptoms within the 10 days prior to your appointment. We will check your temperature on arrival and if you are found to have a temperature then you will be asked to leave immediately.
There will be a queue in a one-way system through the surgeries which requires you to exit Pembury road via 4 steps and to exit Higham Lane via 1 step. If you feel you are not able to manage steps or if you feel you cannot stand for a total of 15 minutes, then please let reception know so we can make an alternative arrangement.
We have reserved a clinic at Higham Lane on Saturday 26 September which will only be for shielding patients. We will also be reserving slots for you at our Higham Lane clinics on subsequent Saturdays between 8.30-9.30am.
If you are unable to get to Higham Lane then we can reserve the first few appointments at our Pembury Road clinics for you, however, please be aware that you may be seen alongside non-shielding patients.
Household contacts of shielded patients are now eligible to be vaccinated against flu.
Outreach clinics to those in assisted living.
This year we will be providing an outreach service to our patients who live in assisted living accommodation. We aim to coordinate with the warden in each of these buildings to provide a flu clinic in the common areas or car park of each property. We can only provide one flu clinic per property and we cannot vaccinate any residents who are not registered under our care.
Eligibility - The following are eligible for a flu vaccine:
All 50-64 year olds are eigible for the flu vaccination from the 1st December - we have a clinic running on the 5th December
Over 65s ( Age 50-64 who are not otherwise eligible will be contacted in Nov-Dec subject to vaccine supply)
Health and Social Care Workers
Patients with chronic diseases eg diabetes, copd, (only asthmatics on regular inhalers are eligible)
Obese BMI >40
Preschool children aged 2-4
Children in school years, reception to year 7, will be vaccinated by the school vaccination programme
Household contacts of shielded patients
These will now be available in surgery from 14 September.
We are able to vaccinate all preschoolers aged 2-4 and children who have a long term health condition.
This is a very effective vaccine and preferable to the injection in this age group.
However it is not suitable if your child is: severely immunocompromised asthmatic with a past history of admission to ICU or currently taking oral steroids.
Please discuss with reception if your child has suffered a previous anaphylactic reaction to egg or to the flu vaccine.
Please reschedule your appointment of your child has heavy nasal congestion or has a current illness with fever.