2018 Flu Season
Kennet and Avon Medical Partnership have started to send invitations to patients for their FREE flu vaccination. We are running 4 flu Saturdays between the end of September and the end of November. If you are aged 65 or over, or if you fall into an at-risk group, according to NHS guidelines, you will receive an invitation in the post.
In a change to last year, there is no need to call the surgery to make an appointment. Your invitation will explain when you should attend and also what to do if you cannot attend when invited.
Our flu days are more spread out this year, and we will be sending invitations out in batches over time, to coincide with the next scheduled flu day. So don’t worry if you think you qualify for a vaccine but have not yet received an invite; it will be arriving in due course.
2018 Flu Campaign
We are gearing up for the 2018 flu vaccination campaign and plan to hold 4 clinics across the Marlborough and Pewsey surgeries this year. The groups of patients that qualify for a free flu vaccine are largely unchanged from previous years, but there are some other changes that patients should be aware of, that are affecting the way in which we organise these clinics and invite patients to them.
Firstly, NHS England are recommending different vaccines for different groups of patients. Your flu invite letter will specify which vaccine is recommended for you (“quad” or “adjuv”), and it is very important that you therefore bring the invite with you when you attend your clinic, as this will help us to make sure that you are seen by the appropriate clinician.
Unfortunately, one of these vaccines is being delivered in stages, over a longer period of time in previous years, and whereas we have usually been guaranteed all our vaccines by the middle of October, this year we will not be receiving the final batch until November. Because of this, we will not be able to finalise arrangements for two of our clinics until at least the middle of October. If you are expecting an invite but haven’t had one soon, then don’t worry, you will be invited to a later clinic once our vaccines have been delivered.
Finally, your invite will ask you to attend a clinic during a 30 minute time slot. There is therefore no need to call the practice to make an appointment. Please do try to come during your allocated time slot, but if you can’t make it then, it will be OK to turn up at some other time on the day of your clinic – you won’t be turned away.
Further information about the national flu vaccination programme can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/