15th October 2020
Annual flu Vaccinations
1. If you are eligible for a flu vaccination this year, and have received an appointment, please see the details below regarding attending the Flu Clinic.
2. If you are eligible for a flu vaccination and have not yet booked an appointment, please telephone the surgery on 01279 657636.
3. If you are in the 50-64 catagory and do not usually receive a free flu vaccination, we are currently unable to take bookings as we are prioritising our must vulnerable patients.
Your medical condition, or your age suggests that you are in a group of the population who may be at greater risk of complications if you catch flu.
You have therefore been booked in to receive a free flu jab at our Walk-Through Clinic
This clinic is for pre-booked appointments only
Bishop’s Stortford Football Club, Dunmow Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 5RG
Due to the current issues caused by the pandemic, we are offering a walk-through clinic, delivered by more than one surgery across the locality, which we have assessed as being the safest option.
- Please arrive promptly at your allotted time. Do not arrive early for your appointment as this may lead to a large queue.
- On arrival, please follow the instructions of staff on-site who will direct you through the process.
- Our staff would be very grateful if you could wear a mask or face covering throughout your time on-site.
- We also request that you wear loose clothing with as few layers as possible to ensure your left arm can be accessed easily. This will allow us to get you through the process as quickly as possible.
Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have a fever.
Church Street Partnership
Common questions about the flu vaccination
What is flu?
Flu is an unpleasant disease that spreads quickly and easily through coughing and sneezing.
Flu can also give you headaches, a sore throat, fever, chills, and muscle and joint aches.
Those people who are at risk, either because of their age or medical conditions, may develop complications such as chest infections and pneumonia.
Why get the vaccine?
The vaccine provides the best available protection against flu. It is not 100% effective but it will protect a significant number of people and reduce the severity of flu if you get it. It could also help your relatives or carers as you will not be passing the disease to them.
Who should get a vaccination?
Young babies, older people, pregnant women and those who have other underlying health conditions, especially those of the lungs, heart, liver or kidneys, are particularly vulnerable to serious complications and possibly hospitalisation. Every year in the UK a number of people
in these groups die from the complications of flu.
I’ve heard that the vaccination can give you flu. Is that true?
No; the flu vaccine that is given to adults is made from dead flu virus and cannot cause the infection. The flu vaccine that will be given to most children is a live vaccine, but the viruses in it have been weakened so they can not cause flu. You may get some side effects after the vaccination, but these are quite mild and could include a slightly raised temperature or aching muscles for a couple of days, or an ache in the arm where the injection was given. Other reactions are very rare.