Winter Flu Vaccination
The flu season is almost upon us now and so it is vital people at risk of developing the serious complications of flu are vaccinated against it. This year we have worked with our Patient Participation Group
to set up "flu plus" clinics.
This year the allocation of vaccines is being staggered and hence we only have dates for the first clinic. Please look here for new dates or follow us on twitter and facebook or see the home page www.htmc.co.uk
to see the latest information
Flu Vaccination Clinic Dates
Thornley House Medical Centre
Monday 1st October 2018 3:30pm-5:30pm
Monday 8th October 3:30pm-5:30pm
Tuesday 16th October 8:45am-12:30pm
Friday 26th October 8:45am-11:00am
Haughton Vale surgery
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 2:30-4:30pm
Tuesday 9th October 2:30pm-4:30pm
Friday 19th October 8:45am-12:30pm
Wednesday 24th October 9:00am till 11:00am
Patients who are eligible can go to either site to get flu injections. No appointment needed but please check the dates and times for each site. All people who qualify for a flu injection and have not yet done so should pop into the surgery and ask the receptionist for a flu injection whilst stocks last. We will try to accommodate you in-between patients.
This year we have worked with Haughton Thornley Patient Participation Group and hope to offer all our patients "Flu+ clinics" where you will have the opportunity to get the flu vaccine and be offered
- To find out about our Social Prescribing lead who can then come and visit you to see what else there is in the community that she may be able to help you with including helping you to connect with other people
- Find out about Time To Talk - the next meeting at Thornley House Health Promotion Room is on 18th September. It's free to drop in. Register your interest via facebook by liking the event!
- To see if you are at risk of COPD
- To see if you have atrial fibrillation and to know your pulse
- To register as a carer at the practice
- To register as a Veteran at the practice and to learn about Tameside Armed Services Community
- Learn about how you can see what your doctor or nurse has written about you and all the wonderful online services we are introducing before you speak to your doctor or nurse! Saves you time and money and you may get a better, more convenient service too!
- Download the latest apps on your smartphone - Evergreen Life PHR and Patient Access using the FREE Wifi in the practice and register for all our online services
- Follow us on facebook and twitter to find out the latest information from the practice and how you can get the most from it
Click here to learn about the flu vaccination Winter 2018/19
The flu injection is important for your health especially for
- people aged 65 or over
- people who have a serious medical condition eg Asthma, COPD, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Diabetes, Kidney problems, Liver disease eg hepatitis or Stroke / TIA (mini-Stroke), a neurological condition e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, cerebral palsy or learning disability or a problem with your spleen
- people who are severely overweight with a body mass index (BMI) over 40
- People who are health or social care workers - those who are employed by private companies will need their companies to arrange and pay for the vaccinations
- if you are the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a household contact of an immunocompromised person
- pregnant women
- Living in a residential or nursing home
- all two and three years of age (i.e. born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2016)
- All children in reception class and school years 1,2,3,4 and 5
- Children aged between 2 to 17 with long term health condition
This year (2018/19), there are 3 different type of flu vaccine:
- A live quadrivalent vaccine (which protects again 4 strains of flu) given as a nasal spray. This is for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years eligible for the flu vaccine
- A quadrivalent injected vaccine. This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 who are at increased risk from flu because of a long term health condition and for children 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live vaccine
- An adjuvant trivalent injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over as it has been shown to be more effective in this age group
- If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2
You should NOT have a flu injection if:
- You have had a serious reaction to a flu injection previously (your doctor or nurse will have advised you if this is the case)
- You are allergic to eggs or have a condition that weakens your immune system
- You have a high temperature (postpone it until you are better)
If you are housebound and need somebody to come to your house then please contact the surgery and speak to a receptionist so that we can arrange this for you.
Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. If you're at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu jab.
Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat. Because flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won't treat it.
NB: It is likely to be very busy at the start of each clinic and there are only limited supplies of the injection. Anybody that is deemed not in a high risk group will not be given the injections as we are keen that those most at risk get the injection.
For more information on how to cope with colds and flu, click here
For more information about the Flu injection, please click here