We are pleased to announce that our Flu Campaign is due to commence shortly! This runs from 1st September 2019 to 31st March 2020.
We will be contacting all eligible patients either by text or letter shortly with further details of our clinic dates/appointments. Please can we kindly ask that you do not contact us in the meantime about the campaign as this may cause delays in the process.
Who is eligible for a free annual NHS Flu Vaccination?
The flu vaccine is routinely given (free of charge) on the NHS to:
- adults 65 and over
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk
- groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019
- children in primary school
- frontline health or social care workers
Why have your vaccination at YOUR GP Surgery?
Swallownest Health Centre supports you as our patient, and as such a flu vaccine has already been ordered (in December 2018) for all our registered patients who are eligible to receive one. Therefore if you fall within any of the eligible categories, we will actually have a vaccine with your name on (so to speak). We have to do this and assure NHS England we have enough vaccines for everyone. We have to buy the vaccines for you and we can only return limited numbers that go unused, and the rest have to paid for by the surgery. Please come to receive your vaccination with us, YOUR local GP surgery, we have bought your vaccine and want to protect you!
We operate as an independent and individual organisation, and therefore are not working in association with any other organisation in offering flu vaccines. We offer a setting where we can check your medical records and documented allergies and make sure you get the most suitable vaccine. We also have medical staff at hand, all of which help with safe administering of your vaccine.
We can offer protection for those who may be forgetful by reducing the risk of duplication in vaccines being administered
We offer a fast, efficient and friendly flu clinic service with your local surgery team (and we really enjoy our drop in flu clinic sessions, it gives us a nice break from our ‘normal’ work)
We can ensure continuity of care for our patients and carers (we know you already).
We have ordered the same vaccines as our 2018/19 Campaign, meaning that we have Quadrivalent (for under 65 years of age) and Fluad (for over 65 years of age). These are ordered via two different suppliers and deliveries are staggered. Unfortunately we are not able to control delivery dates and we (along with every practice nationally) have already been notified of a delay in manufacturing of the Quadrivalent vaccine. This will not affect our Campaign however so please do not be concerned in any way whatsoever.
We have undertaken a staff and patient survey and have taken on board comments that have been made. We endeavour to be able to continue in providing the best service that we can to our patients. We only hope that you will be able to support your local Health Centre in allowing us to deliver this to you.
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We would like to thank you for your continued co-operation, understanding and support.
Swallownest Health Centre