Practice is inviting patients to attend its annual flu day and get vaccinated

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TODMORDEN Group Practice is inviting its patients to attend for their annual flu jab on Saturday.

The flu day, which is becoming known as a social event within Todmorden, will be held from 9am to 4pm.

Patients whose surnames begin with the letters A to M are asked to attend in the morning.

Those whose surnames begin with the letters N to Z are asked to attend in the afternoon.

Patients should have the vaccine if they are in one of the risk groups.

These include 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.

Patients with chronic kidney or liver disease and chronic neurological disease such as stroke or multiple sclerosis are advised to have the flu vaccine.

All patients aged 65 years and over should also have the jab.

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

The practice nurses from the surgery will be visiting the nursing/residential care homes within the Todmorden area to ensure all patients living in these homes are vaccinated as soon as possible.

Cancer Research will be serving tea and coffee at the health centre for patients following their vaccinations.

Members will also be selling Christmas cards, so there will be an early opportunity to stock up ahead of the festive season.

Some of the GPs will meet and greet patients and direct them to a team of six nurses, ready to administer the vaccine.

Last year a total of 1,350 patients received their vaccinations during the annual flu day.

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