Flu

INVITATION - FLU CLINIC FOR PATIENTS AGED 70 AND OVER - SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER

Patients aged 70 and over are now being invited via Text and Email to attend our Walk-In Flu Clinic on Saturday 3rd October 

Patients will be invited at DIFFERENT TIMES.

Your TEXT or EMAIL INVITATION will tell you what TIME to attend.  

FOR THE SAFETY OF STAFF AND OTHER PATIENTS IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ATTEND AT THE TIME STATED ON YOUR TEXT or EMAIL INVITATION SO THAT WE CAN ALL KEEP OUR DISTANCE FOR CORONAVIRUS.   Please DO NOT come earlier or later.

This is not an appointment:

You do not need to confirm that you are coming

You do not need to cancel

You do not need to book 

You do not need to check-in on arrival.

 

If you are aged 70 or over and do not have Text or Email

We may telephone you to confirm a time to attend.  If you have not heard from us by Friday 2nd October please attend any time between 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm.  

 

If you are aged 70 or over, and have not received your Text or Email by Friday 2nd October

please attend any time between 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm

 

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND ON 3rd October 

please try to attend,  but don't worry if you can't - there will be other clinics but there may be a a few weeks wait until the next vaccine delivery. 

 

IF YOU DO NOT WANT A FLU VACCINE THIS YEAR AT ALL:

Please respond to your flu invitation (email, text or voice) with the word 'DECLINE' so we do not invite you again.

               

 ON THE DAY - AN IMPORTANT CHECKLIST

  • Use the toilet at home before you come
  • Wear a T shirt or short sleeves
  • Bring face covering, tissues, hand gel
  • Wear waterproof clothing as you may need to queue outside 
  • Please leave bags at home if at all possible
  • 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
  • Queue OUTSIDE the building - you do not need to Check-In.
  • Follow Coronavirus Social Distancing signs and instructions at all times (stay 6 feet apart)
  • DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING until escorted by a member of staff
  • 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 

 

CHILD FLU CLINIC

UPDATE 25.9.2020:  CHILD CLINICS ARE CURRENTLY FULL.  

The following children will be invited to attend a Free Nasal Spray Flu vaccine in surgery:  

  • 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 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions.  For a list of conditions click: NHS Leaflet - Protecting_Child_Against_Flu

Please book a Child Flu Clinic appointment when you recieve your invitation.

NEW CLINICS WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY and will be advertised here.

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    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

 

Help keep our reception lines free for people who need them: when clinics are advertised

BOOK Online (write your child’s name and date of birth as the ‘reason’) or

BOOK on our 24 hour Telephone Auto-attendant (Call 01273 770555 any time and choose Option1).

 

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 toilet before you come
  • Bring face covering, tissues, hand gel, a drink, a book to read to your child
  • Wear waterproof clothing as you may queue outside (if it is really wet we have a Plan B)
  • 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
  • Queue OUTSIDE the building
  • Follow Social Distancing signs - stay 6 feet apart at all times
  • DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING until escorted by a member of staff
  • 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

 

IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD TO HAVE THE VACCINE

Please respond to flu invitation (email or text) with the word DECLINE so we know not invite them again.

 

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

 The Doctors at Charter Medical Centre 

 

 

Child Flu Clinic - Important Instructions.pdf

FLU CLINIC NEWS

 Visit this nhs page for full information about flu and flu vaccines: NHS Flu page

 

 WHO WILL WE INVITE TO HAVE A FREE FLU VACCINE IN SURGERY ?

We will invite patients who are at risk of developing serious complications, such as pneumonnia, if they catch flu. 

  • adults age 65 and over before the end March 2021 (born on or before 31 March 1956).
  • people with certain medical conditions or obesity (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • pregnant women
  • people living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • frontline health or social care workers
  • Carers

Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64. More information will be available later in the autumn. However, if you're aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.

WHICH MEDICAL CONDITIONS QUALIFY FOR A FREE FLU VACCINE?

Flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including: 

  • 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)

HOW WILL THE FLU CLINICS BE ORGANISED THIS YEAR

Due to Social Distancing for Coronavirus our Flu clinics will be different this year.  We will have more, smaller clinics with timed appointments.  Patients will be asked to follow the Coronavirus rules:  Keep your distance, wear a Face covering, wash your hands for longer with soap before you come, use the toilet before you come to surgery, cough into a tissue or your elbow (and bin the tissue).  One adult per child only.  Leave buggies at home if possible. Wear short sleeves. 

LOOK OUT FOR YOUR INVITATION

Check your texts and emails (and this website) for invitations.

Watch out for alerts in case vaccine delivery dates change.  

ESTIMATED CLINIC DATES

Three different vaccines are used for different age groups.   When batches of vaccine arrive we need to invite the most vulnerable patients first.  Vaccine delivery dates can alter at short notic. 

 

Details of additional clinics for Adults aged 65 to 70, and Adults under 65 who are in At Risk groups,  will be posted on this page. 

Please wait for your invitation and instructions