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Flu Season - Who Should be Immunised?

Flu Season - Who Should be Immunised 

Flu immunisation season is well on the way and yet quite a few patients are still unsure as to whom is entitled to the flu jab. So we felt it was necessary to clarify who can have the jab so that no one inadvertently misses their chance. 

Who Should Be Immunised?

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You should have the flu vaccine if you:

  • Are   65 years and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31st March 2019);
  • Are   from 18 to less than 65 years of age with one or more of the following medical conditions:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis;
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
    • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five;
    • chronic liver disease;
    • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability;
    • diabetes;
    • immunosuppresion, a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment);
    • asplenia or splenic dysfunction;
    • morbid obesity
    • Are pregnant (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season);
    • Are 18 or over living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities;
    • Receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
    • Are a household contact of immunocompromised individuals who are aged 18 or over.

Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.

For further information visit the NHS Choices Flu Page

Children's flu vaccine

The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu.

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.

At what age should children have the nasal spray flu vaccine?

In the autumn/winter of 2018/19, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:

  • children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2018 – that is, children born between September 1 2014 and August 31 2016
  • children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • in some parts of the country, all primary school-aged children will be offered the vaccine (following a pilot in some areas) 
  • children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions

Who will give the children's flu vaccination?

  • Children aged 2 and 3 will be given the vaccination at their general practice, usually by the practice nurse.
  • Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2018. 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.
  • Children who are home educated will also be offered the vaccine, provided they are in an eligible age group. Parents can obtain information about arrangements from their local NHS England Public Health Commissioning team.

For further information visit NHS Choices Children Vaccinations Page

Woodford Rated the Third Best Practice in NELincs

The Grimsby Telegraph published the NHS latest findings of its GP Patient Survey and we are extremely proud to announce Woodford was rated the 3rd best practice in the area .

For the full rating and article follow the link below:

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/health/see-how-patients-rate-your-1887848

Heat Wave - Keep Safe

The Met Office Level 3 Heatwave Alert has now been extended to include the Yorkshire and Humber region and will be in force until Saturday.

Please keep safe during the heat wave and follow the NHS advice by visiting the NHS Choices site.

If you have a long-term lung condition like asthma, bronchiectasis or COPD, you are more at risk of hot weather affecting you. Top tips on staying well when the temperatures soar can be found at https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/hot-weather. You can also ring the BLF for advice on 03000 030 555 and calls will cost the same as a local call.

Practice Closure - Thursday 28th June 2017 from 13.00 to 18.30

Please note that Woodford Medical Centre will be closed on Thursday 28th June 2017 from 13.00 – 18.30hrs due to protected learning time for staff. This is an area wide initiative, driven by the NEL Clinical Commissioning Group and fully supported by NHS England.

Should you require urgent medical care during this time please call the North East Lincolnshire Single Point of Access on 01472 256256.

New GP Starting with Woodford

We are happy to announce that Dr Sean Chathley will be joining our team from May 2nd 2018. Many pateints may already know Dr Chahtley as he has worked for us as a locum in the past. He will be working with us for 6 clinical sessions a week. 

Patient Participation Meeting September

The Group is holding a meeting on Wednesday 20th September at 18:30, Seminar Room 1.

Eveyone is welcome and we would appreciate your input and involvement. 

Flu Campaign 2017

The flu campaign starts soon and we are expecting the first batch of flu jabs to arrive on the 22nd September 2017.

An Out of Hours ‘Drop in’ clinic has been booked for Saturday 7th October from 8:30 am to 12:00 at the ground floor at Freshney Green Primary Care Centre.

The practice is hoping to offer a number of ‘Drop in’ clinics during the normal working week, and once the dates have been agreed, they will be posted here for information.

If you have any queries regarding the flu season or are unsure whether or not you qualify for the jab, please contact the surgery and someone will be able to answer your queries.