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FLU VACCINE 2020/2021

 

 

Ross Medical Practice Flu Vaccine 2020/2021

 **UPDATE 26/11/20***


We have now vaccinated over 1000 of our high risk patients and are finding it difficult to source anymore vaccines. Some of our high risk patients (please see the list below to check if you are categorised as a high risk patient) are still contacting us to receive their vaccine. We cannot guarantee we will get a vaccine for them but please ask for your name to be added to our vaccination list and if we get a supply we will contact you to book into a vaccine clinic. If you are high risk we really recommend you contact us as soon as possible to be added to the list. 


***CHILDREN'S VACCINE CLINIC***  

We have been running children's flu vaccine clinics on Saturday mornings. As discussed in the media there has been a very poor uptake of vaccines in children and we're not sure why.  We would encourage this vaccine for all children, while they don't tend to get as sick from the flu as adults, they do spread it easily including to their grandparents. As well as that any fevers over 38C will be treated as COVID until proven otherwise so anything we can do to protect ourselves this winter we should. If you're unsure whether your child should receive the vaccine-please give us a ring to discuss same. Any child from 2 years of age up the day before their 13th birthday (2-12 years) can receive the vaccine for free. 



Thank you to all our patients who have attended our flu clinics so far. At the moment we are unable to give any opportunistic vaccines which is something we are just as frustrated about as our patients. We continue to encourage all our high risk patients to attend for the flu vaccinations first. 


Those who are booked in for the flu vaccine clinic please be aware it will not be possible to discuss any other medical issues during this appointment. You may be asked to wait in a different queue/different area- this is to prevent well patients (who attend just for the vaccine) mixing with potentially sick patients (who are attending the surgery for a different reason). 


PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A FREE FLU VACCINE.


We will be encouraging our high risk patients to attend for vaccines first and may ask other patients to wait to see what further stocks we receive. Please note at the moment we are unable to source any private flu vaccines but this may be possible through your pharmacy. 


As stated previously we have had overwhelming demand for the flu vaccine over the past few weeks but we are trying our best to accommodate as many people as possible.


Please check our webpage regularly for updates about vaccine deliveries and our plan going forward. Thank you for your understanding and patience during these difficult times. 


Please remember that by washing your hands, sneezing/coughing into a tissue, maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask you are already decreasing your chances of catching the flu as well as COVID 19.


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The seasonal flu vaccine (flu jab) protects against 4 strains of flu virus. These are the strains most likely to be circulating this flu season.

The vaccine is available every year to adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

You need to get a new vaccine each year. This is because the strains of the flu virus change. This is why it is called seasonal flu. But people commonly call it flu.

You should get your flu vaccine as soon as it's available, to be covered for flu season.

Flu season runs from September to end of April.

Flu symptoms start suddenly with fever, muscle aches, headaches and extreme tiredness (fatigue). It may be difficult to tell the symptoms of flu apart from symptoms of COVID-19. 

We are currently planning on running some extra vaccination clinics in order to administer the vaccine to as many patients as possible. 

 

How will the clinic be run?

This is a walk in clinic. As the vaccine is currently in short supply we are asking that patients in the high risk group attend for the vaccine first. Please see below to see if you are in the high risk group. This clinic is for ADULTS only as we have not received the flu vaccine for children yet.

 

As this is a walk in you do NOT need to book an appointment. Please just turn up on the day. It will be first come first served. There will be administration staff taking your details as you arrive. We ask that all patients wear a mask and observe physical distancing while you are waiting. Please wear a short sleeved top so we have easy access to your upper arm where the injection is administered. If there is a large queue we may ask you to queue outside in order to maintain physical distancing. 

 

Please sanitise your hands on arrival. You will directed to one of the treatment rooms where there will be a chair for you to sit on. A member of the medical staff will come in and offer you the vaccination. You’re asked to remain in your chair for a minute to check for any acute reactions. We then ask that you wait outside (most likely in your car) for 15 minutes after the vaccination and ideally be accompanied by an adult who can alert us if there is an issue. 


All rooms and commonly shared items will be disinfected between patients.


Please do NOT attend this clinic if you have symptoms of COVID-19. This clinic is only for the influenza vaccination and any other medical/general issues will not be discussed on the day. Please schedule an appointment for a different time if you wish to discuss any other issues.


Please bear with us on the day if there are delays or it doesn’t move as smoothly as we would like. These are extremely challenging times and we are doing everything we can to continue to deliver the best medical service we can to all our patients. We haven't received as many flu vaccines as expected and will make a plan for future clinics once we receive more. 


Who should get the vaccine?

If you are in an at-risk group, you should get the flu vaccine as early into the flu season as you can as you may be more at risk of getting complications. 

You can get the flu vaccine for free if you:

  • are 65 years of age and over
  • are pregnant (and at any stage of the pregnancy)
  • are an adult or child aged 6 months or older with a long-term health condition like
    • chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome
    • chronic liver disease
    • chronic renal failure
    • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia
    • chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system
    • diabetes mellitus
    • haemoglobinopathies
    • morbid obesity i.e. body mass index (BMI) over 40
    • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including treatment for cancer)
    • are a child with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy
  • were born with Down syndrome
  • live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility

Some people should get the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and those they care for.

These include those who:

  • work in healthcare
  • are a carer or live with someone who is at risk of flu because of a long-term health condition
  • are a carer or live with someone who has Down syndrome

People who are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl should get the flu vaccine. 

 

If you do not meet the criteria above then there may be a fee associated with the flu vaccine. If you wish to clarify this please contact us on 0646632488 

 

 

 

Flu vaccine side effects

You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine. Your arm may also be a bit sore where you got the injection.

Serious side effects of the flu vaccine are very rare.

When you should not get the flu vaccine

You should not get the flu vaccine if you:

  • have had a severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous flu vaccine or any part of the vaccine.
  • are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors, for example, ipilimumab plus nivolumab
  • are ill with a temperature greater than 38 degrees Celsius - you should wait until you are well before getting the vaccine.
  • If you have an egg allergy, you should talk to your GP about getting the vaccine.

 

For more information please go to:

 

https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/flu-vaccination/information/

https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/flu-vaccination/about-the-vaccine/