Vaccinations

Thank you to all our patients who have taken up the opportunity for an NHS Winter Flu vaccination. There is now a waiting list in operation for anyone who has not already booked a vaccine.

Adult Flu Vaccinations  

We are pleased to advise that we have scheduled our next Drive Through Winter Flu Vaccines Clinic for Over 65s for the morning of Sunday 15th November at Lake Road Surgery.  If you are over 65 and have missed the clinics so far, please contact the Practice for an appointment.

There is a waiting list in operation for patients in aged 18 - 64 in the At Risk group who has not yet booked a vaccine.  If you are a registered patient who has not yet booked a flu vaccination appointment, please email the Practice with the name and Date of Birth of the person you wish to be added to the waiting list. 

Please avoid phoning to ask as this will ensure that our lines can be kept free for patients who call with immediate needs.

You can get a free flu vaccine if you are: aged 65 years old and over (including those aged 65 by 31 March 2021); have certain health conditions; are at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or live with someone who is; are pregnant; or receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer of an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick.

Some health and social care workers can also get a flu vaccine at a GP surgery or pharmacy. The Government has advised that this year the free flu vaccine will be offered to healthy 50 to 64 year olds later in the season.  Unfortunately, the number of vaccines available are limited and our clinics are being scheduled based on vaccines supplies.   Please note that these guidelines are set by the NHS not our Practice.

Please read more about who some people are being asked to wait to have their flu vaccines in this leaflet:>>Public Health England - Why am I being asked to wait?

Several high street chemists including Lloyds Pharmacy and Boots are providing paid for Flu vaccinations, again subject to availability.  For more information visit their website.

https://www.boots.com/online/pharmacy-services/winter-flu-jab-services

https://lloydspharmacy.com/pages/flu-vaccination

Here are some answers to other questions you may have about our flu clinics, most of which have been organised as Drive Through Clinics to maximise social distancing.

I haven't booked an appointment yet, can I do so now?

There is a waiting list in operation for patients in aged 18 - 64 in the At Risk group who has not yet booked a vaccine.  If you are a registered patient who has not yet booked a flu vaccination appointment, please email the Practice with the name and Date of Birth of the person you wish to be added to the waiting list.  Please avoid phoning to ask as this will ensure that the phone lines can be kept free for patients who phone with immediate needs.

Further clinics will be scheduled based on vaccines supplies. Please note, we are awaiting further information on supplies required to vaccinate anyone aged 50-64 years and not in an At Risk group.

What do I do if I can't drive and don't have friends or family to bring me to the drive through clinic for a vaccination?

Not having access to transport will not exclude you from getting a flu vaccine. We have made provision for people who do not have access to or unable to get transport, it is possible to still visit the surgery as you would normally do. Please call the surgery to discuss your situation and they will be able to advise.

What happens if I am ill or unwell on the day of the clinic and miss my appointment, can I rebook?

If you are unwell, please notify us at the earliest opportunity. If you are showing any signs of COVID - that is  a cough, change of taste/smell or high fever - do not attend the flu clinic, even if you have an appointment.

You will be able to book to arrange your flu shot but vaccine availability may be limited, and the Practice will only be able to administer a vaccination if one is available. 

Children's Nasal Flu Clinics

We have also scheduled a Drive-Through Children’s Nasal Flu Clinic for Friday 16th October 12:30 -3:00 pm.  Children who were:

  • aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2020 and
  • children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health condition

are eligible for a Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine – also called a Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine [LAIV]

Schoolchildren will be offered their vaccination in school.

More information is available in this leaflet>>: Protecting Child Against Flu Leaflet 2020

Further information on which children are eligible each year can be found by following this link:>>Child Flu Vaccine - NHS

We want to reduce the chances of those vulnerable to  COVID-19 from getting flu.

Click on the image below and press "play" to learn more:

Winter Flu Vaccination Promotional Animation

Please click here for more information and to see if you are eligible for a Flu Vaccination.

More information about the anticipated new arrangements and how we plan to ensure the safety of our patients and staff can be found in this leaflet:

Drive through flu clinic arrangements - October 4th, 2020

Please be aware that this new way of running our clinics may need to be refined through experience.  So, your cooperation and patience is much appreciated. 


Men ACWY Vaccination

Are you about to become a University Student and 18 years old on 31st August 2017 and not yet had your Men ACWY vaccine then please call either surgery to book an appointment. For more information on the Men ACWY Vaccination please click here.


Shingles

There is a vaccine to help protect you from the pain of shingles. You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you were aged 70 or 78 years old on 1st September 2016 and is available on the NHS. Please click here for more information. Please call Cranborne Surgery or Lake Road Surgery to book an appointment.


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