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Ian Gow Memorial Health Centre

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Flu Vaccinations

Annual flu vaccination – now booking!

We are now booking appointments for those eligible for the annual flu vaccination. Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people and can cause serious illness and death each year.

GPs are being asked to deliver the largest ever flu vaccination campaign in order to protect as many people as possible against influenza in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our flu vaccination clinics will run on Saturdays and Thursdays throughout September and October. Please contact the surgery to book your vaccine appointment.

People who are eligible for the free flu vaccine include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone living with a long term medical condition – This includes any long-term lung, heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease; diabetes; a weakened immune system or are overweight with a BMI of >40
  • Everyone aged 65 and over
  • People with caring responsibilities
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals and household contacts of patients who have been ‘shielding’ due to Covid-19
  • Children aged 2 and 3
  • School children from reception to Year 7 will be given the vaccine by the school nursing team (although children in an ‘at risk’ group can choose to have the vaccine at their GP surgery instead).

Our Flu clinics

We need to ensure appropriate measures are in place to keep you safe from Covid-19, therefore our flu clinics will run slightly differently than previous years and the queues and waiting times may be longer – please bear with us if there are any teething problems.

Please also:

  • Keep to your allocated time slot and wait in the car or away from the surgery if you arrive early.  If it is raining please bring an umbrella should you need to queue outside.
  • Do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or are self-isolating or are a contact with a suspected case. We will check your temperature and ask you to declare that you do not have symptoms.
  • To ensure a quick process, please wear loose clothing over your arm, for example a T-shirt that can be lifted up over the top of the arm so the injection can be given easily without the need to undress.
  • Please use the correct entrances and exits as shown to you by our staff
  • Our toilets will not be in use during the flu clinic due to issues with infection control.

Patients aged >50

Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is late November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

We really appreciate your patience and understanding during Covid-19 and especially during the Flu clinics. This is a new world to all of us and we need to keep you and our staff safe.