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COVID-19 Vaccines - Update 07.01.21

We currently do not have any information of when we will receive the COVID-19 vaccinations in practice. We or NHS England will contact patients as soon as we have this. Everyone is working hard to ensure this happens as soon as possible so please do not contact the practice to query this.

Beware - COVID Vaccine scam text messages

Today we have been alerted to a highly believable scam which starts with a text and advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine and to click on the link in the text message.  The user is then led to a webpage, which looks very convincing and asks them to complete some details, in order for them to be able to apply for the vaccine.   The details asked for: Name Address Date of birth Proof of address Card payment details   With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue, as fraudsters continue to take advantage of the roll-out to some many people.   Please see our article on this website:  https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/fake-text-identifying-you-eligible-covid-19-vaccine

The importance of attending your smear appointment

During this busy time it is still important to keep attending your scheduled smear appointments. At the surgery we have noticed an increase in the number of patients not attending these. The practice is very busy and this is a waste of practice nurse time. It is also really important for patients to attend their smear appointments, for further information regarding the importance of smears please visit https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/cervical-screening.

Flu Vaccine Update 01/12/2020

We are now taking bookings for the flu vaccines for patients aged 50 - 64. Please call the surgery to book into one of our flu clinics. Thank you.

 

 

Flu


DON’T underestimate the risks of FLU


SHOULD YOU BOOK A FLU JAB TODAY?


WHY IS FLU SERIOUS FOR SOME PEOPLE?



  • Many people think flu is just a bad cold, but it isn’t – flu can develop into more serious illnesses, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could lead to a stay in hospital or even death in some cases.

  • The number of deaths from flu varies each year – in the UK it can be as high as 10,000, but has reached more than 20,000 in a flu epidemic year.

  • Although many people say they rarely get flu, each year around 15 – 20% of people in the UK are infected.

  • Flu spreads easily – flu viruses can survive as particles in the air, or on surfaces such as door handles for several hours. So one person with flu can infect many others.


The Department of Health recommends flu vaccination if you are:



  • Pregnant

  • Aged 65 or over

  • A person with diabetes

  • A person with a BMI of 40 or over


Or if you have a long term condition of the



  • Lungs, e.g. asthma or COPD

  • Heart

  • Brain or nervous system

  • Kidneys

  • Liver

  • Immune System

  • Spleen


The Department of Health advise vaccination to be your best option for protection, so if you’re in one of the groups listed above, don’t underestimate flu – book your jab today or talk to our staff for more information.


Did you know?



  • People with flu can spread it to others up to 6 feet away

  • During flu season, a cubic metre of air may contain around 16,000 flu viruses

  • People coughing, talking and exhaling can project flu particles into the air.

  • Flu viruses can survive as droplets in the air for several hours.



 
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