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Flu Vaccinations 2021-22

As has been reported in the media there has been a delay in the delivery of Flu Vaccine stock to GP Practices due to "unforeseen road freight challenges"  We have currently moved back one of our scheduled Saturday clinics and have endeavoured to contact every person who was due to attend on Saturday 20 September at Mill Road - now cancelled.

Our new dates are:

Saturday 2 October - MILL ROAD

Saturday 9 October - CHERRY HINTON

Saturday 23 October - MILL ROAD

The practice will be sending out text messages to eligible groups which will enable you to book online via a link into any of the clinics listed above.  We will also send a letter to those patients without a listed mobile number.  We are also happy to take a booking over the phone and patients will be offered their flu vaccine when attending the Practice for other scheduled appointments.  If you or a relative of the Practice is housebound please call and add the name to our list of home vaccinations.  These will be carried out by a member of the clinical team and the patient will be contacted and given a date to expect the call.

COVID Vaccinations for 12-15 yrs in vulnerable group:

At the moment only a limited number of vaccination sites in our area can offer the COVID-19 vaccination to eligible children aged 12-15. This is due to the fact that the national guidance that has been published to date only enables GP-led vaccination hubs and hospital hubs to vaccinate this group of children.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have informed us that they are awaiting further national guidance, known as the Standard Operating Procedure, that will allow the large scale vaccination centres in our area to start offering the COVID-19 vaccination to eligible children between 12-15 years old. The CCG have been assured by our national colleagues that the arrival of this guidance is imminent.

In our area we have a limited number of GP-led vaccination hubs that are able to vaccinate eligible children. We also do not currently have hospital hubs in operation as part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, which is why it has been difficult to offer the vaccination to eligible children whilst we await the Standard Operating Procedure from NHS England.

The CCG have asked us to reassure you that they will open our large scale vaccination centres to eligible children as soon as possible once we have received the necessary national guidance. Once they are in a position to do this, the CCG website will be updated at www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk with advice on how your child can access the vaccination.  

The CCG would like to offer our apologies for the delay as they await further guidance from NHS England.

Cambridge City Lifestyle Services Booklet

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https://www.bewellcambridgeshire.co.uk/asset-library/lifestyle-services-booklet-city-july-2018.pdf

Healthy You Update

Now (during a pandemic) more than ever is an important time to lose weight and keep healthy.

Commissioned and funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, Healthy You provides free weight management support to residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Healthy You offer a choice of programmes to patients who wish to lose weight and you could be eligible for a 12 week referral to any of the options listed below if you are aged over 16 with a Body Mass Index above 25.

Option 1 – Referral to Healthy You Weight Management groups

Option 2 - Referral to Slimming World

Option 3 – Referral to Wellness that Works (formerly Weight Watchers)

To be eligible for a Slimming World or Wellness that Works referral you cannot have been a paying member of either program in the 12 weeks prior to the point of referral.

If you have the motivation to learn how to lose weight and maintain a healthier weight you can self-refer by calling Healthy you on 0333 005 0093, text Healthyu to 60777 or visit the website at www.healthyyou.org.uk

If you have a suspected covid infection and are self isolating at home the following leaflet will be helpful to you:

Isolating at Home

Age UK Community Resource Information

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/cambridgeshire--peterborough-/original-blocks/about-us/latest-news/covid-19/community-support-ageukcap.pdf

 

Shingles Vaccination

Who can have a free shingles vaccination?

You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 and for those in the catch-up cohort , as you become78 or 79 years old. All eligible individuals retain eligibility to receive the shingles vaccine until they become 80 years of age.  When eligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.

Some individuals who were eligible for the shingles (catch-up) vaccination programme may have turned 80 years during the pandemic and missed the opportunity to be vaccinated, either due to lockdown or because they were shielding at home and unable to attend the practice. This cohort of individuals  can still be offered shingles vaccine unless contraindicated, up to the 31 December 2020. This temporary offer applies only to those who were eligible and who missed shingles vaccination because they were shielding and who turned 80 years of age during that period. It is only applicable to periods of time when lockdown or shielding was recommended.The shingles vaccination is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.

This is a one off vaccination and reduces the chances of developing shingles, and even if you do develop shingles then the disease is likely to affect you less severely.

Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus and lies dormat after infection as a child. Later in life it can reactivate and cause shingles. why this happens is not completley known, but reaching an older age makes the virus much more likely to reactivate.  Shingles and its complications can be difficult to manage.  The treatment options vary from person to person depending on the area affected by the shingles.  It is important to see your GP as soon as possible after the rash occurs, as some treatments work best when given early.  Shingles can not be caught from someone with chickenpox, however, it is possible to catch chickenpox from someone with shingles.

Leaflet:

Shingles Leaflet

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