Flu

INVITATION - FLU CLINIC FOR ALL PATIENTS AGED 65 OR OLDER (born 31st March 1956 or earlier) VACCINE IN STOCK

All patients aged 65 or older (born 31st March 1956 or earlier) are eligible for a free flu jab

  

How to book:  if you receive a Text and email invitation:

Reply ACCEPT to request an appointment  - we will send you an appointment DATE and TIME confirmation 

 

Or telephone reception on 01273 770555

 

Due to Coronavirus, it is very important for the safety of staff and other patients that you come at the time of your appointment - not early or late. 

 Please DO NOT come early or late 

 

IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL A BOOKED APPOINTMENT

Reply CANCEL when you receive your appointment reminder text or email the day before your appointment. 

Or use our Automated telephone system - Option 1 from the main menu 

               

 ON THE DAY - AN IMPORTANT CHECKLIST

  • Use the lavatory before you leave home
  • Wear a T shirt or short sleeves - and get your arm ready while you wait
  • Bring face covering, tissues, hand gel
  • Come ALONE unless you need a carer to help you or you are coming with somebody from your household who is also invited
  • Come on time – not early, not late
  • Book in at redception - but wait OUTSIDE the building, not in the lobby, until reception is free - only 2 people at the reception desk please
  • Follow Coronavirus Social Distancing signs and instructions at all times (stay 6 feet apart when waiting)
  • Adults must wear a face covering at all times inside the building
  • We will not be able to offer other services such as Blood Pressure or other vaccinations. 

 

 For FACTS about the Flu and the Flu vaccine

  • visit the NHS WEBSITE: 

nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

  •   NHS Patient Leaflet in English, Arabic, Polish, Italian and other languages:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-who-should-have-it-this-winter-and-why

 

Please follow the CORONAVIRUS RULES to keep staff and other patients safe:

YOU MUST NOT COME TO SURGERY ON THE DAY IF:

  • Your or a member of your household/family have tested positive for Covid-19 and have not reached the end of your isolation period
  • You or a member of your household/family are waiting for a test result for Covid-19
  • you have travelled within the last 14 days to a country which is no longer on the Government’s safe travel list
  • You have been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 or been in isolation with a suspected case within the last 14 days
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms of
    • A high temperature or fever
    • A new continuous cough
    • A loss or alteration of taste or smell

 For more information about Coronavirus see:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Thank you very much for your help and your patience in this very difficult year

The Doctors at Charter Medical Centre 

 

INVITATION - FLU CLINIC FOR PATIENTS AGED 18 to 64 who are ALSO in At Risk groups - VACCINE IN STOCK

Patients aged 18 to 64 who are ALSO in the categories below are entitled to a free flu vaccine.

NEXT CLINIC: THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER, in the MORNING

We are sending Text and Email invitations to At Risk patients.  Reply with just the word ACCEPT and we will send you an Appointment Confirmation with the TIME of your appointment.

 You may also be able to get a free or private flu vaccine from local Supermarkets and Pharmacies

 

FACTS ABOUT FLU AND FLU VACCINE

 

Categories of people we are inviting

People with the following medical conditions

  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
  • A learning disability
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • Anyone seriously overweight (with a BMI of 40 or above

All pregnant women 

Household contacts of an individual on the shielded patient list 


Specifically, individuals who share or expect to share living accommodation with a shielded person on most days over the winter (part of / all of September through to March) and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.

 

Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals 


Vaccines should be offered to household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, who share or expect to share living accommodation with on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.

 

Health or social care workers 

Carers
Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.  You should also ensure that the person you care for has the flu jab.

Health and social care workers
In order to protect patients in a vulnerable care setting the following groups should be vaccinated by the GP practice where they are registered as a patient:

  •  Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider 
  •  Health care staff employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider 
  •  Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments and/or Personal Health Budgets (such as personal assistants) to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.

 Employers are responsible for ensuring that arrangements are in place for frontline healthcare staff to have the flu vaccine.



 

CHILD FLU CLINIC - ALL ELIGIBLE CHILDREN NOW BEING INVITED - vaccine in stock

If you think your child is eligible for a free flu vaccine in surgery please telephone reception 01273 770555.  We have vaccine for under 18's in stock.

Most children will have the quick and painless nasal spray flu vaccine.

 

ELIGIBLE CHILREN

  • ALL children aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2020 – that is, children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018

  • ALL children aged 6 months to 17 with long-term health conditions.  For a list of conditions click: NHS Leaflet - Protecting_Child_Against_Flu

 

Please note:  ALL primary school age and year 7 secondary school age children will be offered the flu vaccine by the local School Flu Team.  If your child missed their flu vaccine at school:  Contact Brighton and Hove CCG

Call: 01273 238700.  
Email: sxccg.contactus@nhs.net

 

Some quick FACTS about why the Doctors at Charter want your child to have the flu vaccine:  

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmtSaeQ08LU

 

Videos to watch with your child before you come  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0QZ_tj2DPA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um6v6xopuaI

 

ON THE DAY - VERY IMPORTANT CHECKLIST

  • Use the lavatory before you come
  • Bring face covering, tissues, hand gel, a drink, a book to read to your child
  • Wear waterproof clothing as you may need to wait a little outside until the reception desk if free
  • No scooters, no bikes – please leave buggies at home if at all possible
  • Only 1 adult to attend with each child and No other children
  • If, after reading the NHS website*, you think your child may need an injectable vaccine instead of nasal spray vaccine, please make sure your child is wearing a T-shirt.
  • Come on time – not early, not late
  • Follow Social Distancing signs - stay 6 feet apart at all times
  • Adults must wear a face covering at all times inside the building

 

Please follow the COVID RULES to keep staff and other patients safe:

YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENT ON THE DAY IF

  •  Your or a member of your household/family have tested positive for Covid-19 and have not reached the end of your isolation period
  • You or a member of your household/family are waiting for a test result for Covid-19
  • you have travelled within the last 14 days to a country which is no longer on the Government’s safe travel list
  • You have been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 or been in isolation with a suspected case within the last 14 days
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms of
    • A high temperature or fever
    • A new continuous cough
    • A loss or alteration of taste or smell

 

 FAQs & FACTS about Flu and the Flu vaccine

For all questions and detailed information about the Flu and the Flu vaccine visit the NHS WEBSITE:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/

 NHS Patient Leaflet in English, Arabic, Polish, Italian and other languages:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-leaflets-and-posters

 

 

Thank you very much for your help and your patience in this very difficult year

 The Doctors at Charter Medical Centre 

 

 

NEW UNIVERSAL OVER 50S FLU PRORAMME

THE NEW UNIVERSAL OVER 50S FLU PRORAMME IS NOT YET RUNNING

WE ARE NOT YET INVITING PATIENT AGED 50 TO 65 WHO DO NOT ALSO HAVE AN UNDERLYING RISK FACTOR 

COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME

WE ARE NOT INVITING PATIENTS FOR COVID VACCINE.

WE ARE WAITING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THIS PROGRAMMED WILL WORK.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME