Queues as thousands take up flu jab offer in Corby

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An extra free flu jab session may be held at a Corby surgery after thousands of people took up the offer of immunisation.

Lakeside surgery in Cottingham Road held three special clinics and more than 3,700 people attended the Saturday morning flu jab sessions.

People were told not to make appointments and on Saturday a queue stretched outside the building and down the path.

A spokesman for the practice said that although there was a queue, six GPs and six nurses were at the surgery carrying out the immunisation programme.

The spokesman said: “We got through a lot of people but we will consider opening on another Saturday. Lakeside has enhanced our flu plan this year to offer flexibility to suit all patient needs.”

As well as the three Saturday clinics, the surgery also offers flu jab appointments on a drop-in basis until February for people over 65 and eligible patients in the ‘at risk’ groups.

In addition, the surgery’s practice nurses go out to nursing homes, district nurses visit the housebound and patients who attend the surgery with another complaint are offered the flu vaccination.

The surgery has been working with midwives to identify pregnant mums eligible for the flu jab and health workers have been identifying eligible two to three-year-olds.

Patients can also request a vaccination during normal surgery opening hours.

The spokesman said: “We advertise this in the surgery well before the clinics are due to start and on our website.

“We also put the information on all the repeat medication scripts and all pharmacies are aware but may not promote our clinics as they offer the same service but charge.

“We are now working with our local clinical commissioning group to identify those patients who haven’t been vaccinated in the first rush.”

Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, and it can be a serious illness for some.

The NHS in Northamptonshire is encouraging everyone who knows anyone who may be at risk from flu to tell them how important it is that they get protected.

The elderly, pregnant women and people with health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or a heart condition, are advised to get a free flu jab.

People who are carers and frontline health and social care staff are also encouraged to get a free jab to protect themselves and those around them.