Our vaccine arrive late September & our will offer clinics on a variety of days & times, our Saturday clinic is on October 22; appointments will be available shortly.
Flu strains change & therefore the vaccine varies from year to year.
We advise the following amongst our patients to take advantage of the annual campaign to protect themselves from flu this winter; those are patients:
- over 65 years (date of birth on or before March 31 1952)
- who are pregnant
- with chronic (long term) respiratory disease such as severe asthma or COPD
- with coronary heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, liver or kidney disease, stroke, TIA & chronic neurological disease
- who have a weakened immune system due to treatments that suppress the immune system eg chemotherapy & conditions such as HIV
- who are carers or frontline health or social care workers
- children aged over 6 months to 2 years with a long term condition
- it is national policy to offer annual influenza vaccination in the form of a nasal vaccine to children aged between 2, 3 & 4 years plus school years 1 & 2 on August 31 2016
- to clarify eligibility the relevant dates of birth are on or after 01.09.2011 & on or before 31.08.2014
- all children over this group in at risk category will be given nasal vaccine unless contraindicated
If you or your child is in any of the above groups please phone the surgery on: 01326 558714 to book your appointment.
Year 3 of the shingles immunisation programme began on September 1 2016:
- the age cohorts of patients are eligible to receive this vaccine are:
- patients aged 70 years on September 1 2016
- patients aged 78 years on September 1 2016
- in addition, patients who were eligible for immunisation in the first three years of the programme but have not been vaccinated remain eligible until their 80th birthday; these are:
- patients aged 71 to 73 on September 1 2016
- patients aged 79 on September 1 2016
- eligibility ceases on the day of your 80th birthday
- we offer vaccination opportunistically and will be contacting patients in the new 2016/2017 groups but should you wish to please phone the surgery as above to book your appointment
- this vaccine is contraindicated & will not be given to individuals who are immunosuppressed
- further information is available on www.shinglesaware.co.uk
Changes in baby/child vaccine schedules:
There have been changes in these schedules & the records of all children affected have been noted to reflect the required changes. The NHS website www.nhs.uk vaccinations pages explain clearly.
Patient Participation Group:
- next meeting 18.30 Wednesday September 14 2016
Some of you will have noticed changes in our team & we have more later this month; please check our next bulletin
note: NHS England requires that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised & the required disclosure is shown below. However, it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice or the number/time locums are employed. It should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, or to make any comparison with any other practice.
- all GP practices are required to declare the mean earning (eg average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice
- the average earnings for GPs working in Meneage Street Surgery (2014/2015) were £65,086 before tax & National Insurance; this is for 1 full time, 3 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.
Should you have any questions or require further information about anything in this update please contact the surgery.