Immunisation campaign a huge success

The Academy Medical Centre has reflected on the success of this year’s Flu Immunisation Campaign.

This successful campaign, leading to thousands of people being protected this winter, was in no small measure assisted by the volunteers from its Patient Participation Group.

A spokesperson said: “Our achievement this year has been tremendously high with over 750 younger patients with a chronic disease and nearly 2,000 over 65s protected from this potentially serious infection. Due to the success of our drop in days we managed to vaccinate the majority of patients early in the season providing them with the best possible protection against Flu for the winter.

“For the first time ever, the practice has been vaccinating patients, aged 70 and 79, against Shingles. This immunisation programme was also well received with more than half of eligible patients coming forward for vaccination.

“The success of our vaccination programme could not have been achieved without lots of planning, preparation and commitment from our practice team and patient volunteers. This year, for the first time, we had our main Flu Clinic on the public holiday in October when the practice would normally have been closed. That day all our staff volunteered to work to ensure patients had a smooth journey from arriving at the practice to receiving their immunisation. The practice is also very lucky to have the help of volunteers from the Patient Participation Group who ensured patients were guided to the right rooms for their vaccinations. Without their help and our staff giving up their time freely the Open Flu Days would not have been so successful.”

Staff are already looking forward and planning for the 2014 Influenza Campaign. This year they will also be offering Flu immunisation to all pre-school children (a nasal vaccine – no needles).