Practice is inviting patients to Flu Day

Todmorden Health Centre
Todmorden Health Centre

Todmorden Group Practice is inviting patients to attend for their flu jabs next weekend.

The annual Flu Day, which is becoming known as a social event in Todmorden, will be held at the practice’s Todmorden Health Centre base from 9am until 4pm, with stalls from local charities also operating in the foyer.

Nurse manager Vicky Challenger said: “Patients should have the vaccine if they are in one of the risk groups.

“These include all patients aged 65 years or over, and all patients aged six months to 64 years in a clinical risk group such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease and asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhalers; chronic kidney or liver disease; and chronic neurological disease such as stroke or multiple sclerosis.

“Other people that the Department of Health recommends to have the flu vaccine are pregnant women, patients who receive carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person.”

Last year a total of 1,600 patients received their vaccinations during the annual Flu Day.

This year Todmorden Group Practice is hoping to ensure even more patients receive the essential vaccination.

GPs will be meeting and greeting patients and directing them to a team of five nurses, ready to administer the vaccine.

Tea and coffee will be served by a local charity at the health centre for patients after their vaccinations.

The practice nurses will also be visiting nursing and residential care homes to deliver vaccinations to patients.