Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccination delays - We have been impacted by the delay in fl vaccination deliveries. We have been advised that delivery of our flu vaccinations will be delayed to 16th September which means they should arrive in time for our first clinic on the 18th September. So at this point we do not intend to make any changes and our clinics will go ahead as planned on the 18th September and 9th October. However, if there are further delays to deliveries then we will text and email patients to advise of any changes.

Flu vaccination programmes for the patients of Charing Surgery
Walk in flu clinics will be held on Saturday 18th September and Saturday 9th October at the surgery. These clinics are for over 18’s only.  Children will be called into the surgery separately to see a nurse during normal surgery time.

Patients eligible to receive the flu vaccination will be invited either by text or email.

At this time the Covid Boosters programme is not confirmed so cannot be offered

Eligible patients are:

  • people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2022)
  • 18 to 64 years of age, in a clinical risk group (please see definition below) & 50 to 64 year olds

Please:

  • do not call the surgery to confirm that you will be attending as this will block the phone lines
  • do not attend unless you fall into these groups as you will be turned away
  • only arrive at the time given to avoid queuing unnecessarily – please do not arrive early
  • please walk to the surgery if possible to avoid blocking the car park

 

SEPTEMBER 18th

Over 65 years olds with the surname beginning with the letter A to J

A to B   8.30am to 9.30am

C to D  9.30am to 10.30am

E to G  10.30am to 11.30am

H to J   11.30am to 12.30pm

Patients aged 18 to 64 in a clinical risk group plus 50 to 64 year olds with the surname beginning with the letter A to J

A to B   1.30pm to 2.30pm       

C to D 2.30pm to 3.30pm       

E to G  3.30pm to 4.30pm       

H to J   4.30pm to 5.30pm

 

OCTOBER 9th

Over 65 years olds with the surname beginning with the letter K to Z

K to L   8.30am to 9.30am                   

M to O 9.30am to 10.30am                 

P to R 10.30am to 11.30am               

S to V   11.30am to 12.30pm               

W to Z 12.30pm to 1pm

Patients aged 18 to 64 in a clinical risk group plus 50 to 64 year olds with the surname beginning with the letter K to Z

K to M 1.30pm to 2.30pm       

N to R 2.30pm to 3.30pm       

S to U 3.30pm to 4.30pm

V to Z   4.30pm to 5.30pm

 

When you attend the surgery please adhere to the following guidance:

  • Enter through the main front doors when asked by the receptionist
  • Wear a mask
  • Exit at the pharmacy end of the surgery

 

Key points to remember:

J - JUST the flu jab. No time is allocated for other medical problems

A - ARM ready. We need to reach your shoulder. Wear readily removable clothing.  Please expose your arm ready

B - BE on Time. No more than 5min early to reduce queues

S - SICK? If you have Covid symptoms do NOT attend. (cough, fever etc)

 

Clinical risk groups are defined as:

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma (requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5
  • 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)

In addition, patients in the following groups are also recommended to have the flu vaccine:
All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the influenza season), household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable  

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