Flu Update 2020
As a practice we are aware that some of our patients who are clinically eligible for a flu jab are experiencing difficulty in obtaining it this year from either the Practice or local pharmacies. This is due to an insufficient supply of vaccine to meet the increased demand driven by Covid 19.
We placed our order, as usual, in December 2019 based on last years’ numbers for the Autumn 2020 flu season.
We asked the manufacturers for additional supplies this summer but at present they are unable to meet our request.
Consequently in late July we had to consider how best to prioritise our limited supply of vaccines. We took the decision that those eligible patients who had visited the surgery last year would be offered an appointment in the first instance.
We also protected our supplies for housebound patients, newly diagnosed diabetics, and those patients diagnosed with severe clinical conditions.
If we are able to obtain or are given a further supply of vaccine we will update our website.
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.
We offer ‘at risk’ groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.
You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:
- over 65 years of age
- a serious heart or chest complaint, including asthma
- serious kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
- if you have ever had a stroke
- If you have any queries please contact the surgery.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Flu and the Flu Vaccine – NHS Choices