Monthly Archives: September 2019

Purple Star Information

We are very proud to have been awarded with Purple Star Accreditation in 2018 as a recognition for providing an excellent service to our patients with learning disabilities. We are now the practice that the specialist learning disability team signposts patients to as they recognise we provide a good service from answering the phones to finding accessible appointments, helping patients to liaise with the hospital teams and providing good clinical care.

If you have a learning disability or have supported someone with a learning disability then Purple Star Team would like to hear your views, good or bad, about the service you received.

Please contact the team using the information below:

PurpleStarStrategy@hertfordshire.gov.uk
01438 844681

Flu Vaccinations 2019

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus.

The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains.

You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

We offer ‘at risk’ groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • over 65 years of age
  • pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
    • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
  • eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2018 – that is, children born between September 1st 2014 and August 31st 2016
  • children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31st 2018. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice
  • children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings

Our Flu Clinics can now be booked. If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

External Websites

Flu and the Flu Vaccine – NHS Choices
Children’s Flu Vaccine – NHS Choices
Flu Vaccine FAQ’s – NHS Choices
Which Flu Vaccine should children have? – gov.uk (PDF)
The Flu Vaccination – gov.uk (PDF)