University Medical Practice Flu clinics 2017
The following clinics are by INVITATION ONLY if you have received a letter or a text from the Surgery, offering you a vaccination against Influenza.
You can have your vaccination without an appointment on any of the following dates in October:
Tuesday 3rd 2 - 4.30 Wednesday 4th 2 – 4.30 Thursday 5th 2 - 4.30 Friday 6th 9.30 -12 Monday 9th 10 —12 Tuesday 10th 2 - 4.30 Thursday 12th 2 - 4.30
The following booked clinics are also available – appointments can be made now in person, by telephone or online for:
Wednesday 4th: 5 to 7 pm and Saturday 7th : 10 to 12
As you are aware, flu vaccination is recommended for all those over the age of 65 along with patients of all ages suffering from heart disease, diabetes, lung diseases such as bronchitis and asthma, liver disease and some patients with cancer. We are also offering vaccination to those who care for vulnerable patients. The vaccine provides a high degree of protection against influenza. Children aged 2 to 9 will receive 2 doses of a nasal vaccine four weeks apart [if they have not had flu vaccination before] as it is more effective than an injection. The nasal vaccine is not effective for children under 2 years. Please note that as we use an automated call system, 2 , 3 and 4 year old children may get two invitations as all children in this age group, not those just a risk are being offered vaccination this year. Pregnant women may also receive 2 invitations for the same reason.
If you have an egg allergy, please tell the Nurse before your vaccination, as this is one of the few contraindications to having the vaccination.
If you do not wish to have the flu vaccination to be given to you or your child or have already had it elsewhere, please e-mail us on: firstname.lastname@example.org starting your message with “Seasonal Flu decline” and your NHS number
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.