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Denmark Street Surgery
 Denmark Street Surgery
national health service

Denmark Street Surgery

Darlington
Co Durham
DL3 0PD
Tel: 01325 460731
Fax: 01325 362183
Email:denmark.street@nhs.net

 

SEASONAL FLU CLINICS

The Practice is starting our 2017 Seasonal Flu Clinic.

 

Eligible children will also be able to attend these clinics. (If you are a parent of a child attending the clinic please ensure that you bring their red book with them to the session so that the immunisation can be added to their record).

 

 

Flu Clinic appointments are now bookable online

 

**Please ensure you are eligible before booking. If you are unsure please ask reception**

 

In 2017/18, flu vaccinations will be offered at NHS expense to the following groups:

All those aged two and three years (but not four years or older) on 31 August 2017 (ie date of birth on or after 1 September 2013 and on or before 31 August 2015) through general practice.

  • people aged from six months to less than 65 years of age with a serious medical condition such as:
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis o 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
  • splenic dysfunction
  • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • morbidly obese (defined as BMI over 40 and above)
  • All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season) 
  • people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2018)
  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, or university halls of residence. 
  • people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. 
  • consideration should also be given to the vaccination of household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable. 
  • Care/Nursing Home Workers

 

The list above is not exhaustive, and the healthcare practitioner should apply clinical judgement to take into account the risk of flu exacerbating any underlying disease that a patient may have, as well as the risk of serious illness from flu itself. Flu vaccine should be offered in such cases even if the individual is not in the clinical risk groups specified above.

BEFORE YOUR VACCINATION

When you attend for your injection, you must tell the Practice Nurse prior to having your vaccination if you answer 'Yes' to any of the following questions:

  • Have you ever had a reaction to a previous flu vaccination?
  • Are you feeling unwell or do you have a raised temperature?
  • Are you allergic to hens' eggs or antibiotics?
  • Are you trying for a baby, pregnant or breast-feeding?

AFTER YOUR VACCINATION

Most people have no adverse reaction to their flu vaccination

  • A few people get a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days.
  • Your arm may feel a bit sore where it is injected and you may experience some redness and swelling at the site of the injection.
  • Any other reactions are much less common.
  • Tell the Practice Nurse or Doctor immediately if you experience any symptoms that cause you concern

 

Shingles

 

 

You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of the year, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.

 

 

People turning 70 or 78 years of age on or after 1 April 2017 are eligible to have the vaccine.

 

Remember that patients who were eligible for immunisation in previous years of the programme but who have not been vaccinated against shingles remain eligible until their 80th birthday.

 

 

 


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