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Flu Vaccination

What do we offer?  

flu virus

 

Flu – short for influenza – is not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses. Symptoms tend to be more severe and last longer.

Flu is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.

You can catch flu all year round, but it is especially common in winter, which is why it is also known as “seasonal flu”. 

Flu causes a sudden high temperature, headache and general aches and pains, tiredness and a sore throat. You can also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a cough.

In the UK, about 600 people a year die from a complication of seasonal flu.

We offer two options for delivering vaccination: 

  • A vaccination clinic held at the school.

  • A voucher scheme at a designated Pharmacy.

From experience, we have found that the staff take up of the offer is higher when on-site vaccination clinics are arranged, than through a voucher scheme.

Why choose us?

Seasonal flu is one of the biggest causes of short term illness in the UK and generally up to 20% of the population gets flu every year.

Flu is highly contagious and affects people of all ages, with even healthy people suffering debilitating symptoms.

Flu vaccinations can decrease workplace absence, helping to reduce the costs and disruption that unexpected sick leave can create.

We can help you protect your staff by offering a sensibly priced on-site vaccination service, or vouchers, or a combination of these, through a tailored service to suit your schools needs. 

What is provided free?

Please note that a flu vaccine is available free on the NHS for:  

  • Anyone over the age of 65
  • Pregnant women
  • Children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease or diabetes)
  • All 2, 3 and 4 year olds. 

Please contact your GP surgery for further information in respect of eligibility.

What is chargeable?

All vaccines and vouchers provided are chargeable.

Our price for an on-site visit will be slightly higher per vaccination than the voucher scheme to offset the increased costs involved. We do not charge an additional “site-visit charge”. 

How the service can be provided/length of agreement

Clinics can be pre-arranged to take place at the school after the vaccine becomes available, probably early October 2020. Our clinics can be offered to schools who wish between 20 and 120 staff vaccinated.  

If a school wishes to offer staff vouchers for vaccination, we will provide the vouchers and full instructions on the process to be followed, to the school.

We will be able to arrange with schools a scheme by which staff who cannot attend any clinic arranged to access the voucher scheme as an alternative. 

 

Contact Point

Alistair Ireland, Business Continuity Manager
Telephone:  07824 868420
Email:         alireland@swindon.gov.uk  

 

Costs

We will know the vaccine cost for 2019-2020 in late summer, allowing us to confirm a definitive price to interested schools. 

Please indicate your interest via the Traded Services Order Form, so we can plan for numbers, and costs will be advised to you as soon as that information becomes available.