Flu jabs supplies “limited”

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LIMITEd supplies of flu vaccine are still available in Pocklington, and those eligible can still contact their GP surgery.

Groups who are entitled to the free jab include pregnant women, people over 65 or those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as heart, lung, liver, kidney or neurological disease, have diabetes or a weak immune system.

However, with reports that up to 11 people have died from swine flu in East Yorkshire in recent months, demand has been understandably high leaving many surgeries’ stocks depleted.

Pocklington Group Practice say they have a “very, very limited” supply left, while Market Weighton Surgery say they have enough to cover existing patients at the Londesborough Road practice who are in the ‘at risk’ category.

Pauline Cox, assistant group practice manager for Pocklington Group Practice on Barmby Road, said: “In October 2010 the vaccination programme began and letters were sent to all patients within the ‘at risk’ groups inviting them to attend for their seasonal flu vaccination.

“An open invitation was also extended to all over 65s not in the ‘at risk’ groups. Flu clinics were then successfully held throughout October, November and December and, even with the bad weather, attendance was up on previous years.

“All allocated vaccine stock was used by the Christmas period. Following this, there has been a further demand for the vaccination not seen in past years.

“The practice has endeavoured to meet this demand by ordering more stock and although there is a shortage nationally we managed to secure additional supplies for all those within the entitled groups who have newly requested a vaccination.

“We now have very, very limited supplies left so people who are in the ‘at risk’ group and are registered with this surgery, should contact us.”

Those eligible for the vaccination can make an appointment by phoning Pocklington Group Practice on (01759) 302500 or, for patients registered at Market Weighton Surgery on Londesborough Road, contact the surgery on (01430) 875353.