For 2022 General Practice will be offering flu vaccinations to:
- Aged 50 years and over
- Aged 6 months to 49 months at clinical risk
- Pregnant women
- Household contact of individuals with immunosuppression
- Frontline staff employed by social care providers without employer led occupational heath provision, for example care or nursing home staff, registered domiciliary
- Care providers, voluntary managed hospice, direct payment or personal health budgets
Appointments will be mainly at weekends and during our Thursday extended hours opening. We will also have a few additional flu only clinics on week days, but these will be added later.
During the flu clinics we will have a limited number of patients in the waiting area, so we would ask patients not to arrive too early for their appointment, you may be asked to queue outside or wait in your car.
As in previous years you will not sit down in the waiting area or in the consulting room, but it is important patients are not at the surgery long and we keep the flow of patients moving. Please be aware no other services will be available at this time, so please do not ask clinicians or non clinical staff about any other issues.
There will be a one way system operating through the building, so patients will enter through the main entrance but leave through another exit.
Patients need to wear loose clothing so they can easily expose their upper arm up to their shoulder. There will not be time for removing layers of clothing prior to the vaccination. Staff will be reminding patients of this whilst they queue. If any patients have cold symptoms they should not attend as the vaccination cannot be given and they will be asked to return home and contact the Practice at a later date to rebook.
- Saturday 1st October, 65 years and over only
- Thursday 6th October, 65 years and over only
- Thursday 13th October, 65 years and over only
- Saturday 15th October, 65 years and over only
- Thursday 20th October, under 65 year olds only
- Saturday 22nd October (morning only), under 65 year olds only
- Thursday 27th October, under 65 year olds only
Covid Vaccination Boosters
For this Autumn vaccination campaign we are planning to offer Covid vaccination boosters from Penkridge Surgery.
Flu, short for influenza, is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.
It's not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses. Symptoms tend to be more severe and last longer.
You can catch flu all year round, but it is especially common in winter, which is why it is also known as "seasonal flu".