Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
  • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
  • eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2019 – that is, children born between September 1 2015 and August 31 2017
  • Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2019. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
  • Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings.

Eligible patients will receive an appointment letter advising which date and allocated time to attend the clinic.

Our Flu Clinic’s at Parkwood Surgery are as follows:

  • Saturday 21st September, 2019 for patients that are over 65 only.
  • Saturday 12th October, 2019 for patients that are under 65 that have certain medical/health condition and patients that are over 65.
  • Saturday 26th October, 2019 for eligible children and patients that are both under and over 65.

Due to the number of Patients attending the Clinic, parking can be a problem and therefore, we would request that you walk to the Surgery or travel with others, where possible. We will not be able to offer other services on the day, such as booking appointments or dealing with prescription queries. Please also wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm.

We will have two “sit and wait” clinics, these clinics are not pre-booked so the waiting times might be longer than if you came to your allocated appointment.

  • Gadebridge surgery on Wednesday 6th November, 2019 between 8.45am & 11.30am
  • Boxmoor surgery on Thursday 7th November, 2019 between 8.45am & 11.30am

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

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