Donaghadee Health Centre - Flu Clinics Autumn 2020
To help maintain social distance we are holding some of our flu clinics at Donaghadee Parish Church Hall
Saturday 3rd October, 9.00am to 15.00pm
Saturday 10th October, 9.00am to 15.00pm
Saturday 17th October, 9.00am to 15.00pm
Before you book
APPOINTMENTS WILL BE NECESSARY FOR ANY OF THE VACCINATION CLINICS. DO NOT ATTEND WITHOUT BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT.
We anticipate higher numbers of patients attending this year, so to help people move through quickly and safely we are delivering the vaccination in two different ways:
- Drive through – Venue to be confirmed
This service is strictly for those patients with mobility issues.
- Walk through – Donaghadee Parish Church hall
For those who can park close to the church hall, cycle or walk to our socially distanced clinic.
There will be many more appointments available for patients who are on foot; please only book a drive-through slot if you are unable to attend as a walk-through patient.
Booking your appointment
Important: when booking, please decide appropriately whether you need a drive-through appointment or a church hall appointment. Please note that it will not be possible to change from one appointment type to the other on the day.
To book please call 028 91 882176 / 07546251996 any day after 10.00am from September 21st. Telephone lines will be very busy so please be patient with our Receptionists who are working hard to help everyone as quickly as possible.
Parking will be available in the Parish Church Car Park (There will be an overflow car park in the Methodist Church car park). Please use all available parking spaces. If you plan to park, please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time. Please leave swiftly after your appointment.
Everyone attending the clinic, whether a patient or assisting someone, must wear a face covering
What to expect – patients on foot
On arrival, please use the main entrance to Donaghadee Parish Church Hall. A member of our team will verify your identity and book you in. Please follow the signs to the hall where a team member will direct you to one of several vaccination stations. Please have your upper arm uncovered (remove coats, cardigans etc) before you arrive at the hall. After your injection is given please leave quickly by the exit that leads to the car park.
What to expect – drive through patients
Please arrive no more than 2 minutes before your appointment time. Please have your upper arm uncovered before you drive up to the gazebo. Remove coats, cardigans before you arrive and after your injection is given please leave quickly via the exit.
All school-aged children years 1 to 8 will be offered the flu vaccine in school.
Children aged two or three years old on 31 August 2020, will receive a letter to make an appointment for the vaccination.
Those aged 12 to 18 with an underlying health condition will be eligible for the vaccination. More information on Childrens flu vaccines will be given at a later date when the vaccine is available.
CHILDRENS VACCINATIONS WILL NOT BE GIVEN AT THE CHURCH HALL.
For most children, the vaccine will be given as a spray in each nostril. This is a very quick and painless procedure.
For more information on children and flu vaccination see the NHS website information at nhs.uk/fluvaccine
You must not attend if you feel unwell, have any fever, a new persistent dry cough, or loss of sense of taste or smell.
Shingles vaccination is being offered to patients aged 70 or 78.
Your Date of birth must fall between the following dates to qualify
02/09/1949 – 01/09/1950
02/09/1941 – 01/09/1942
Eligible patients will receive a letter from the Practice, inviting them to make an appointment.
This vaccination will not be given at the Parish hall
Flu vaccinations will be available for those aged 65 and above.
Flu can affect anyone but there are certain health conditions and situations that can make it worse for you or those around you. Even if you normally feel well, you should have the free flu vaccine if you are:
- living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a household contact of someone on the NHS Shielded Patient List
- a frontline health or social care worker
- pregnant, at any stage of the pregnancy
or if you have a long term condition such as:
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological condition, eg multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, eg sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
This list of conditions isn’t definitive. It’s always an issue of clinical judgement. Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself. We want to reduce the chances of those vulnerable to COVID-19 from getting flu.
Why should I have the flu vaccination and why (NHS Leaflet)
Flu: Do I have it? What should I do?
Information for parents: Children and the flu vaccine