Dinnington Group Practice Annual Flu Vaccination Programme 2021 / 2022
We are initially inviting all our most vulnerable patients to have the flu vaccination e.g. over 65 and those under 65 who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease or other chronic illness. If you have a learning disability, are a main carer or carer in the community or in a care home or in a household of immunocompromised individuals, you are also eligible. All pregnant women should have the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their baby.
All patients within the above categories will have a vaccine reserved at the surgery and will receive a letter or a text inviting them to a clinic.
(It will be later in the year that we will invite anyone else not in the above categories e.g. all over 50 year olds)
All children aged 2 to 15 on 31 August 2021 will be offered the vaccine, two and three year olds will be offered it in general practice and the rest will be done at school.
Clinics will be held in the week and you will be invited to a specific 15 minute time slot. It is really important that you only attend on that day within that time slot to maintain social distancing. It is imperative that you make every effort to attend this appointment as we may struggle to provide an alternative. If you really cannot make your appointment time you will need to contact the surgery to see if we have any further flu clinics available.
Subject to government guidelines we may well be administering the COVID booster vaccine at the same appointment.
You will be required to wear a face covering, keep socially distanced, please arrive alone unless you need support, wear short sleeves if possible.
The clinics are being held at:
Woodsetts Surgery :
Wednesday 22 September 2021
9.00am – 2.00pm Over 65
3.00pm – 6.00pm Under 65 and children at risk
Anston Surgery :
Tuesday 28 September 2021 2.00pm- 7.00pm Under 65 and children at risk
Thursday 30 September 2021 8.30am – 6.00pm Over 65
Tuesday 5 October 2021 2.00pm – 7.00pm Under 65 and children at risk
Thursday 7 October 2021 8.30am – 6.00pm Over 65
Due to a number of factors it is predicted that the 2021 to 2022 influenza season in the UK could be up to 50% larger that typically seen so it is really important to have your flu vaccine.
Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people and can cause serious illness and death each year. With COVID-19 still in circulation it is really important to reduce the number of those becoming ill with flu this winter to help protect them, the NHS and social care services. Research also shows that if you get both flu and COVID-19 at the same time you may be more seriously ill.