Flu Clinic Dates and Times – IT IS THAT TIME AGAIN!
Doddington Surgery - Saturday 6th October 9:00 – 12:00
Wimblington Surgery - Tuesday 9th October 13:30 - 15:00
Manea Surgery - Saturday 13th October 9:00 – 11:00
Rainbow Surgery - Saturday 6th October 8:30 – 10:30 (over 70’s)
Rainbow Surgery - Saturday 6th October 10:30- 12:30 (18 – 65’s)
Rainbow Surgery - Monday 19th November 13:30 – 15:30 (age 65-70)
We would kindly ask that Rainbow patients aged 70 and over you attend between 8.30 and 10.30 and if you are over 18 and under 65, that you attend between 10.30 and 12.30 on the 6th October. We will have more staff available to give the vaccines than we have in previous years and are intending to vaccinate as many as we can on that day.
Rainbow will be holding another clinic on Monday 19th November between 13:30 and 15:30 for patients aged 65 – 70. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not have received all our vaccines in time for the Clinic on the 6th October.
We do not think we will receive sufficient supply of the nasal flu vaccination for the under 18’s by the 6th October either, we will let parents/patients know as soon as this is available.
This year there are 3 different types of vaccine, which have been designed to give the best possible protection to different age groups. The vaccine for the under 65’s covers the 4 most common predicted 2018 strains instead of the 3 covered in past years, so 25 – 30% more protective. For the over 65s, the other new vaccine covers 3 strains and has an extra ingredient to make the vaccine work better, called an adjuvant. This might give a slightly sore arm for a day or two, but a much better immunity against the flu.
Text messages and/or emails are being sent to all patients for whom we have details recorded to advise them of the clinic details. Please could you let us know if you have changed your mobile numbers and or/email addresses so we can update our records.
The Fenland Group Practice purchases flu vaccines on your behalf so please have your vaccine at any of the above clinics.
We would ask you to help us by removing your coats or jackets as soon as you check in and roll your sleeves up ready! We will not be in a position to deal with any other requests during these clinics. We have tried to accommodate requests in the past but we will not be able to this year. Please do not put our very helpful staff in the awkward position of having to say no!
If you are eligible but do not wish to have your flu vaccination this year please let the surgery know as soon as possible so we can record this on your medical records.
Let’s keep as healthy as we can this winter and not let flu get us if we can avoid it!