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Covid Vaccination Update

 

Covid Vaccine Updates

A massive thank you to all the Westhoughton patients, staff and volunteers.

Please see below for the current information as of 29/03/22.

Spring Boosters

 

Invites will be sent out to our over 75 and immunosuppressed patients this week. You can book an appointment by either

  •  the link in your invite message

OR

  • text your initials and date of birth to 07587 554149

We will be in touch with our housebound patients in due couse

 

Vaccines for 5-11 year olds

 

We will shortly be sending invites out to all 5-11 year olds to book in for their covid vaccines. If your child is clinically vulnerable and have not yet had their vaccine we are still offering appointments. You can book the following ways :

 

  • via the link in your invite

OR

  •   texting your child’s initials and date of birth to 07587 554149

 Please note we are currently booking our spring boosters and will add your child to our waiting list to contact when we have our 5-11 year old clinics

Appointments are available for:

First and second doses – it’s never too late to be vaccinated! If your first dose was Astra Zeneca you can now have Pfizer for your second dose.

Anyone over 16 eligible for their booster

3rd dose for those who are immunosuppressed – NHS invite will have been received

Booster for 12 -15 year olds in a clinical at risk group – NHS invite will have been received – or household contact of someone who is severely immunosuppressed.

You are eligible for your booster 91 days from your last dose of primary vaccination, for some people this will be a 4th dose

 To book an appointment text your initials and date of birth to 07587 554149 and we will contact you with an appointment if we have stock available. 

 

Where possible, please do not contact the surgery with vaccine queries as it stops poorly patients getting through on the phone. For general vaccine queries you can ask via online consult using the following link

https://www.online-onsult.co.uk/org/stable-fold-surgery

Please follow our social media for the most up to date information regarding our vaccination programme.

Westhoughton PCN Facebook

Westhoughton PCN Twitter

 Once again, a huge thank you to everyone involved in this, the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.

The Partners at Stable Fold Surgery.

The surgery are encouraging all patients were possible to sign up for our online services to enable you to order your repeat medications, you can email the request or post it through the letter box please see below for online services. We are no longer accepting requests over the phone unless you are genuinely housebound


INFLUENZA (FLU):

Don’t let the flu get you or your family

It’s important that you protect yourself and your family this winter.

Both Covid-19 and flu will be around at the same time and you don’t want to come down with either – or both.

The flu vaccine won’t protect you against Covid and vice versa, so if eligible you’ll need both vaccines this winter for the best protection against both viruses.

You can’t get flu from the vaccine and getting vaccinated will help to protect you and your child from becoming seriously ill.

It will also reduce the pressure on your NHS in Bolton and help to protect your community.

Some of the symptoms of Covid-19 and flu are similar, so if you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or you notice a change or loss in your sense of taste or smell – you must book a coronavirus PCR test.

What exactly is flu? Influenza (flu) is a serious disease caused by a virus. It’s not just a bad cold! Sometimes, flu can develop into something worse and it kills thousands of people each year.

It spreads through coughs and sneezes, by touching things like door handles, then touching your face, directly through saliva or nose secretions (snot!)

That’s why it’s important to wash your hands properly and ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ using a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue handy, use the inside of your elbow!

How can I avoid getting flu? Your best defence against flu is vaccination – you need one every year. It helps your immune system to fight off the virus, reducing your chances of getting flu and spreading it to other people.

If you do get flu, it will reduce the severity of your infection and reduce the chances of you having to go to hospital. It could save your life!

The flu vaccine is FREE for: those aged 50 and over, pregnant women, those with a long-term health condition (e.g. diabetes, COPD, kidney, heart or lung disease)* , two and three year olds, pupils in Reception to Year 11, health and care workers , carers

* check with your GP if you’re eligible.

Anyone not entitled to a free vaccine can still get protected at their local pharmacy for £10 to £15.

Please wear a face covering during your vaccination appointment.

Reception to Year 11 pupils receive a free flu nasal spray via their school health programme. Two and three year olds can have the nasal spray at their GP practice.

The nasal spray is quick and painless – no injection is needed – and it has an excellent safety record. It will help to protect not only your child against flu and serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, but your loved ones and those close to you.

The children’s nasal spray can’t cause flu either. After having the nasal spray, some children might get a runny or blocked nose but this is mild in comparison to them having flu.

Having flu while pregnant can also put you and your unborn child at risk. The flu vaccine will help to protect you both.

Pregnant women are also advised to have the Covid-19 vaccine. Both the Covid-19 and flu vaccines can be taken at any stage of pregnancy.

I’ve got flu – what should I do? stay at home and rest until you feel better, keep warm/drink plenty of water, take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and to help with aches and pains, you should start to feel better after a week, antibiotics will not work against flu as it is a viral infection

Like Covid, flu is highly contagious so stay at home to avoid infecting others who may become more poorly than you. If you’re worried about symptoms, contact your GP online or by phone.

 

 

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