SEASONAL FLU CAMPAIGN 2017-18
Saturday 7th October and Saturday 4th November
at Kemnay Surgery
With the increasing number of people being offered flu immunizations, and the challenges of recruiting Practice Nurses, it is becoming quite a task fitting all the workload in without it impacting on the everyday routine appointments. Last year we immunized 681 patients over the two Saturday sessions but then a further 700 patients required immunizations throughout the season. This impacted heavily on us and approximately 60 hours of routine nurse appointments were booked to undertake this task. Therefore, again this year, we have listened to feedback and brought the first date forward and left a larger period between the 2 weekends. With this in mind, we hope it allows you more accessibility to enable us to increase our Saturday morning uptake. We would like to ask you all to help by coming along to the Saturday morning sessions. We have split you all into two groups to try and ensure even numbers over the two Saturdays and minimize waiting times.
The first Saturday will be for the over 65s and carers and the second Saturday for those in the ‘at risk’ groups such as diabetes, heart disease etc. If for any reason you are unable to come along to your allotted Saturday please do come along to the other one, as it would be more beneficial to us to accommodate you then, rather than try to find a space at another time during the week.
The most important thing to remember is that flu can be a very serious illness, especially if you are elderly or in the at risk groups and for this reason we really want you to come along and be immunised.
We also respect the fact that some of you prefer not to be immunised. If this is the case then you can still help us by contacting us and letting us know. This allows us to flag this in your notes and saves a significant amount of time for our admin team in chasing up those who have not attended.
Arrangements for this year are as follows:-
GROUP 1 – Saturday 7th October at Kemnay Surgery
All patients who are 65 YEARS OLD OR OVER (born before 31/03/53) and UNPAID CARERS. An unpaid carer is a person of any age who cares for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. Carers working in nursing homes or for the social services will have to see their management regarding vaccination.
GROUP 2 – Saturday 4th November at Kemnay Surgery
Patients of any age who have:-
- Chronic Lung Disease or Asthmatics on a regular steroid inhaler,
- Heart Disease,
- Liver Disease,
- Kidney Disease
- Neurological Disease including Stoke or TIA
- Pregnant women
- Immunosuppressed patients (due to disease or treatment) & their household contacts
- A Body Mass Index in excess of 40 If you are in doubt please ‘phone the surgery.The District Nursing Team will visit housebound patients to give them their vaccination as in previous years.
In order to help the process to run as smoothly as possible we suggest the following schedule as a guide to attendance times:
Surname beginning with
A , B
C, D, E, F
G, H, I, J, K, L
Mc, Mac, M
N, O, P, Q, R
S, T, U, V
W, X, Y, Z
Please be aware that you will be required to remain at the surgery for at least 10 minutes following vaccination in case you develop a reaction.