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Annual flu vaccination

 

Due to the Covid pandemic and the current government restrictions in place regarding social distancing, this year, to keep everyone safe, we are holding Flu clinics at a Drive-Thru facility at Stithians Show ground in October.  If you are eligible, you will soon receive an invitation via text message or letter, inviting you to book your drive thru appointment via a portal. We aim to have full details of the booking portal & and how to access it, published by 21 September 2020.

 

 Clinicians will administer your vaccination while you remain in your car.  It is therefore important that you help us by adhering to the guidance below:-

 

  • Wear short sleeves or loose clothing so that we can access your arm easily.
  • Please wear a face covering.
  • Please do not attend if you are suffering from Covid-19 symptoms.
  • This is a Drive-Thru clinic and there will be a one-way system in place.  Please follow directions from the marshals. 
  • Carn To Coast Health Centres & Stithians Show Ground cannot be held responsible for any damage caused to your vehicle whilst attending the Drive-Thru clinics.
  • Traffic management will be in place.

 

In the coming weeks, you will be invited to make an appointment for a flu vaccination; you can book your appointment online, via the portal. The invitations will have all the necessary information included, to assist with the booking process. Invites will be sent to patients mobile numbers  as text messages, or by letter if there is no mobile number registered. In addition, there will also be a telephone help line, to assist with booking an appointment at the Drive Thru, for those patients who do not have access to the internet. More details to follow very soon on the booking process.

 

This is a Drive-Thru Clinic only.  If you have no transport or you are unable to attend the Flu Vaccination Clinics at Stithians Show Ground, there will be later dates available for you to attend at one of the Carn to Coast sites. Details to follow on dates in the coming weeks.

Common questions about the flu vaccination

 

What is flu?

Flu is an unpleasant disease that spreads quickly and easily through coughing and sneezing.
Flu can also give you headaches, a sore throat, fever, chills, and muscle and joint aches.
Those people who are at risk, either because of their age or medical conditions, may develop complications such as chest infections and pneumonia.

 

Why get the vaccine?

The vaccine provides the best available protection against flu. It is not 100% but it will protect
a significant number of people and reduce the severity of flu if you get it. It could also help your relatives or carers because you will not be passing the disease to them.

 

Who should get it?

Young babies, older people, pregnant women and those who have other underlying health conditions, especially those of the lungs, heart, liver or kidneys, are particularly vulnerable to serious complications and possibly hospitalisation. Every year in the UK a number of people
in these groups die from the complications of flu.

 

I’ve heard that the vaccination can give you flu. Is that true?

No; the flu vaccine that is given to adults is made from dead flu virus and cannot cause the infection. The flu vaccine that will be given to most children is a live vaccine, but the viruses in it have been weakened so they can not cause flu. You may get some side effects after the vaccination but these are quite mild like a slightly raised temperature or aching muscles for a couple of days or an ache in the arm where the injection was given. Other reactions are very rare.

 

When can I get the vaccine?

The vaccine is available in October and appointments are available via a booking portal. In the coming weeks invitations will be sent via text messages or letter if no mobile phone.

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Guidance on Sending Photos/Images 

Sending photos

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic we are now doing much more of our work through telephone consultations. Sometimes it is useful for the nurse or doctor to see a picture, or you may feel it will help them understand your problem. This is particularly the case with skin lesions or rashes. To help us and you we will no longer be accepting photos through our email address. All photos will have to be sent through an e-consult or through a text message reply. Any photos sent via email will be returned unopened and you will be directed to send them through an e-consult.

 

Sometimes you may have a skin problem in an intimate area such as on breasts, genitalia (vagina & penis), or the anus (back passage). In this case please arrange a telephone consultation first. The nurse or doctor will then decide if they need a visual image and arrange this either through a face to face appointment, photos via econsult or via a video consultation. Please DO NOT send intimate photos without talking to a nurse or doctor first.

 

If your child has a rash in an intimate area we will usually arrange for a face to face consultation if we need to see the rash. DO NOT take photos of your child’s genitalia or anus and send them to us, this will leave you open to prosecution for making indecent images of a child.

 

How to take a high quality clinical image

 

  1. ​​Ideally ask someone else to take the photo.
  2. Use a plain background.
  3. Ensure good overhead lighting.
  4. Take a wider image to establish location and then a close up of the lesion or rash. Different angles can help demonstrate size/shape of a lesion.
  5. Ensure the images are in focus.

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