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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Flu Vaccinations 2018

 

We will be holding our annual flu clinic on:

 

Saturday 13th October 2018 at Much Hadham Health Centre between 8.30am and 11.30am

 

Patients who are eligible for a FREE flu vaccination include:

 

  • All patients aged 65 years and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Carers

  • Diabetics
  • Persons in long-term care homes
  • Persons aged over 6 months with the following chronic conditions: respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease, liver or neurological disease
  • Children aged 2 or 3 on 31st August 2018 (reception and school years 1,2,3,4 & 5 are being offered flu vaccination at school)Please make an appointment by ringing 01279 842242 and speaking to one of the reception team.If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS but do not wish to have one please let us know so we can update your medical record.For the purposes of flu vaccination, a carer means a person who is in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or a person who is the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. If you are unsure whether you qualify for a free flu jab please contact the surgery and ask. 

THURSDAY 11th October

The surgery is closed from12:0 0 onwards for staff training. For any emergencies during this period

Please call 0333 333 9683

Medicines you can buy without a Prescription - Over the Counter Medicines (OTC)

Following a public consultation across Hertfordshire we are no longer able to routinely write prescriptions for medicines that you can buy yourself; it is estimated that this costs £6 million a year just for Hertfordshire. These items include antifungal creams for athletes foot and thrush, antihistamines and other hay fever remedies (such as nasal sprays and eye drops), treatment for head lice, Indigestion remedies such as Gaviscon, Cold sore treatments, painkillers including Paracetamol, Ibuprofen and Co-Codamol.   For more information, there are leaflets at the surgery plus information on our website. Some of you may already have received a leaflet with your repeat medications if they include one or more of these items.

OTC Medication Post

OTC Medication Leaflet

 

 

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.   For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.

Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.

 
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