Mount Farm Surgery, in Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds, apologises to patients over cancelled flu clinics
A Bury St Edmunds GP surgery has apologised to patients after it was forced to cancel flu clinics due to supplier delays.
The Mount Farm Surgery, in Moreton Hall, made the announcement yesterday and said flu clinics on Saturday and next Monday were affected.
GP surgeries around the country have been cancelling jabs for patients amid delays caused by road freight challenges.
The Mount Farm Surgery announcement said: "Unfortunately, despite having ordered our flu vaccine 12 months ago to guarantee our delivery window, we have been informed that due to the national issues with supply and distribution of flu vaccine, our vaccine delivery will be delayed, meaning we will need to cancel the above clinics.
"Cancelling clinics at short notice places a huge administrative burden on the practice at a time when we are already incredibly busy, so it is only ever done if we have no other option.
"A large number of patients had already booked their appointment for one of the above dates, and so we have sent 1st class letters to them today to inform them.
"We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but hope you will understand that this situation is beyond our control."
Each year, flu vaccination campaigns are carried out to reduce strain on the NHS in the winter.
This year's was due to be the UK's largest ever.
For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week but it can become a severe problem for older people, the very young, pregnant women, those with underlying disease or those who are immunosuppressed.
This year, people are also being recommended to have the flu vaccine if they are the main carer of an older or disabled person, close contacts of immunocompromised individuals and all children aged two to 15 years old on August 31, 2021.