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Portesham-Surgery-Web-Page-HeaderIT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!
We are only six weeks away from the start of the annual flu vaccination programme.  As usual, all patients aged 65 years or over on 31st March 2015 are entitled to have a flu jab, as well as those under 65 who are at risk because of a long-term health condition (such as diabetes, chronic heart, liver or kidney disease, chronic asthma or COPD).  We will be writing to those who are at risk, but in the meantime if you are not sure as to whether you “qualify” for a free flu jab, do give us a call. In addition pregnant women, and children aged two, three or four on 31st August, are also encouraged to have the flu jab this year.

Our clinics start on 22nd September at Portesham Surgery as follows:
Tuesday afternoons (2 – 5.30pm)
Wednesday afternoons (2 – 3.30pm)
Thursday mornings (8.40 – 11.30am)

We will run these sessions weekly until mid-October, but places go fast so please ring us to book your place.  This year we are also offering a Saturday morning flu clinic at the Surgery on 10th October from 9am.  We may also do a pulse check or offer you a pneumococcal or shingles vaccination if you are eligible, so please be ready with your sleeve rolled up!

As usual our GPs will be coming to the village halls for flu clinics on the following afternoons, all from 2 – 3pm:

Puncknowle Village Hall:- Tuesday 22nd September
Litton Cheney (LATCH meeting room):- Thursday 24th September
Abbotsbury (Strangways Hall):- Friday 25th September
Burton Bradstock Reading Room:- Thursday 1st October

Remember if you have to attend the surgery for another appointment with either a GP or nurse from mid-September onwards, we can usually fit the flu vaccination in at the same time so you don’t have to make a separate journey to attend a flu clinic. But do let us know when you book your GP or nurse appointment so we can have the flu vaccine ready (or reserve one for you if our stocks are running low in October).

Shingles and Pneumococcal vaccinations
If you are over 65 or at risk because of a long-term condition, you will also be offered the Pneumococcal vaccination which is a once-only jab (because the virus does not vary from year to year in the same way as the influenza virus does).

Patients aged 70, 71, 72, 78 or 79 on 1st September 2015 are also encouraged to have the Shingles vaccination. This is a relatively new vaccination programme offered since 2013; the aim is to offer it to all patients aged between 70 and 80 in a gradual programme (hence the complicated age range above). We will be writing to everyone who is entitled to the vaccine in the next few weeks. You can have all three jabs in the same visit, if you are feeling brave!

Portesham Surgery: 01305 871468