Flu Vaccinations - September 2017 to March 2018
CLINICS - available Monday to Friday as of 18th September 2017
We would like to invite all eligible patients to make an appointment to have the yearly flu vaccination at their GP surgery. The flu jab is available every year to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Your GP advises you to have the flu vaccine if you are:
- aged 65 years or over (date of birth before 31/3/1952)
- aged 2, or 3 (date of birth between 1/9/13 and 31/8/15)
- a carer
- anyone with a Diabetes or COPD, some other chronic disease (e.g. heart, lung, liver, kidney, neurological disease) or a weak immune system
Anyone in these risk groups are more likely to develop potentially serious complications so it's recommended that have a flu jab every year to protect them.
We invite you to make an appointment by calling 01335 300588.
PLEASE NOTE: On advice from our Patient Group, we use text and voicemail messages to encourage eligible patients to have this important vaccine. Only certain groups of eligible patients will receive a message until we test the system.
Text message: Jo Bloggs, you are eligible to receive a flu vaccination. Please call The Surgery on 01335 300588 to make an appointment, or text NO to 07????????* to decline
Voice messages: This is a message from The Surgery for Jo Bloggs. Please confirm that this is you. Press 1 for yes 2 for no. (If yes:) You are eligible to receive a flu vaccination. Please call 01335/300588 to make an appointment. Please choose from the following options - Press 1 to repeat this message Press 2 to decline this vaccination Press 3 to end this message. Your health is important to us. Thank you for listening. Goodbye.
If you get a repeated call, it is because a voice message is not classed as delivered until the main body of the message has been listened to. If the patient hangs up quickly, the system will try again, to a maximum of 3 attempts.
We apologise if this causes an inconvenience for any patients - both the Surgery and the PPG felt that it was important to communicate the need for this vaccine as effectively as possible, and we hope that the use of this tool will increase our uptake and improve the protection against flu in the Ashbourne community for everyone's benefit.
Shingles eligibility as of September 2017
Eligible patients are those with a date of birth in the following ranges:
In your 70s and born after 1 September 1942 to 1st September 1946
Aged 78 or 79 and not had the vaccine before