Seasonal flu programme 2017/18

The flu season is here! Seasonal flu vaccination is recommended each year for people with certain clinical conditions that could put them at risk. Please ask the practice for a vaccination if you are:

  • Aged 65 years or over;
  • Living in a residential or nursing home;
  • Have a long term health condition;
  • The main carer of an older or disabled person;
  • A household contact of an immunocompromised person;
  • A frontline health or social care worker;
  • Pregnant; and
  • Children aged 2 and 3.

More details can be seen in the link below about the importance of having a flu vaccination: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/543624/PHE_9901_Flu_Vaccination_A5_booklet_Winter2016_17.pdf

Testvale Surgery Flu vaccination dates

Booking for the flu vaccination clinics will open to our patients on 1 September 2017. There will be lots of clinics available to choose from on week days if you are able to get to the surgery, or at evenings and weekends and so there will be availability at a time to suit you.

Electronic text message reminders

This year, the surgery will be sending patients text message reminders for flu vaccinations, as well as our letters. If you want to receive this message, please make sure you have informed the surgery of any changes in your mobile telephone number. Complete a slip on the reception desk to let us know of any telephone number changes.

Flu vaccine for children

This year, the flu vaccine will be offered to all 2 and 3 year olds at the surgery. The 4, 5 and 6 year old vaccinations will be offered at school. For most children the vaccine is given as a simple nasal spray. If there are any reasons why it should not be given, an injection can be given as an alternative. If you child is eligible for the flu vaccination the surgery will contact you by letter.

Saturday clinics

Our Saturday clinics are extremely popular with our patients and we regularly vaccinate hundreds of patients on these dates. This year, we have two Saturday dates planned on:

  • Saturday 7 October 2017; and
  • Saturday 4  November 2017

Why don’t you come down for your flu jab then? Book an appointment with the reception team today!

Home Visits

However, if you are unable to attend the surgery and would like a home visit please ring the surgery on 02380 866 999 and we will be able to help.

Staying well this winter

For helpful information and tips about winter health advice, winter illnesses and where to get help, as well as general information about keeping well this winter, please follow the link below: http://www.nhs.uk/staywell