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FLU INFORMATION 2020-21
We are aware you are all keen to find out more about this seasons flu clinics. Understandably adjustments have had to me made this year to allow this service to be delivered. Due to restrictions around physical distancing and stopping the potential spread of infection, the way in which we will be carrying out the vaccination programme has changed. Below is some information which may be useful:-
Cohorts by age
Child aged 6 months to 2 years with a health condition
Children in at risk cohorts will be identified and the local Pre-School Immunisation Team will contact the parent/guardian with an allocated appointment for your child. The Team are currently appointing all identified children to routine clinics as a priority. If you do not receive an appointment by the end of October, then please call the Childhood Flu Line on 0141 201 4190.
Child aged 2 years to 5 years (not yet at school)
All parents/carers of 2-5 year olds will receive a letter with an allocated appointment in the next 8-10 weeks. Parents / carers who need to rearrange their child’s appointment should call the Childhood Flu Line on 0141 201 4190.
Primary school aged children
All primary school aged children will have received a consent pack to take home when schools returned in August and parents/carers are asked to complete and return completed consent forms to school within seven days. Flu immunisation sessions will be delivered in school from the beginning of October until mid-December. If a child misses their flu immunisation at school, for whatever reason, a flyer will be sent home with information about how the parent / guardian can arrange an appointment for their immunisation.
For all children in the abovE three groups (aged from six months to two years old with a health condition and children aged from two up to the end of primary school), we are asking parents/guardians to make every effort to attend their allocated appointment so that we can do everything possible to help maintain physical distancing at clinics and ensure that all children can be vaccinated ahead of this year’s flu season.
Enquiries about vaccinations for school age children can be directed to the Schools or by telephoning 0141 532 8768.
GP practices will not be able to arrange appointments for their child, so if an appointment needs to be rearranged, the parent / guardian should call 0141 201 4190 if not at school and 0141 532 8768 if your child is at school.
Request for nasal vaccinations
For children who need an injectable vaccination instead of nasal because of religious beliefs, from a school perspective these children are identified through the screening consent form process. The parents will be contacted to discuss the option for nasal due to effectiveness and to explain the manufacturing process around gelatine, however, should the parents opt for injection, this will be delivered in school. For 2-5 year olds, this will be discussed with the parents at clinics and a decision made.
12 to 17 years old with a health condition, young carers and household contacts of those who are shielding.
12 to 17 year olds in these categories (or their parent/carer) should telephone 0141 532 8768 from 23rd September onwards to make an appointment for their flu vaccination. Individuals will be identified from national systems and receive a letter advising them to make an appointment; there will also be the ability to self declare.
18 to 64 year old with a health condition
Individuals in this group eligible for flu vaccination will be contacted by their GP practice to make an appointment at the surgery for this, Please wait until a staff member contacts you. If you have not been contacted by the end of October, please get in touch. This is the ONLY Cohort age group being delivered by GP Practices this year and this decision was made locally and nationally due to COVID19.
All pregnant women will be offered flu from Maternity Services. Please contact your midwife for more information about getting a flu vaccination.
65 years old and over (by 31 March 2021).
65 year olds and above will receive a letter with an allocated appointment date and time in the HSCP Community Clinics. Please attend the allocated appointment as there is limited capacity to rearrange appointments. Patients who need to rearrange, or who have not received an appointment by the end of October, can contact 0141 201 4180.
Anyone that is permanently housebound will have this done by the Housebound Flu Teams.
55 - 65 year old or over (by 31st March 2021)
This group will receive information about how they will receive their vaccination within the next 8-10 weeks.
Unpaid carers and those living with people shielding
Those aged 18-64 who do not have a health condition should make an appointment with one of the participating Community Pharmacies. Details are on NHS Inform (see link below).
We are asking individuals to please make every effort to attend their allocated appointment so that we can do everything possible to help maintain physical distancing at clinics and ensure that all can be vaccinated ahead of this year’s flu season.
Please read this fully and only contact reception if your query has not been answered above or by www.nhsinform.scot/flu. Reception staff are dealing with a high volume of calls regarding flu immunisations daily.
COVID19 AND ATTENDING THE PRACTICES/BRANCHES
PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO ANY OF OUR PRACTICES/BRANCHES UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT BY THE DOCTOR OR THE NURSE.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE EVOLVING CORONAVIRUS, ALL OUR PRACTICES ARE DOING TRIAGE OF PATIENTS ONLY, IF DURING YOUR TRIAGE CALL, THE DOCTOR FEELS YOU NEED SEEN FACE TO FACE AND YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS, RECENT TRAVEL OR CONTACT WITH ANYONE POSITIVE WITH CORONAVIRUS, THEN THE DOCTOR WILL ARRANGE TO SEE YOU IN THE SURGERY FACE TO FACE. THERE ARE NO ROUTINE OR EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS FACE TO FACE, BUT THE DOCTOR WILL CALL YOU SHOULD YOU WISH TO BE SEEN. PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE SURGERY TO REQUEST A TRIAGE APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL THE SURGERY AND THE RECEPTION STAFF WILL ARRANGE THIS.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PRESCRIPTIONS ARE BEING SENT TO A PHARMACY FOR YOU TO COLLECT, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY TO COLLECT PRESCRIPTIONS, CALL US AND ADVISE US WHERE YOU WISH YOUR PRESCRIPTION TO BE SENT TO, FROM THE LIST OF PHARMACIES WE ARE USING AND WE WILL SEND YOUR PRESCRIPTION TO THEM, PLEASE ALLOW 72 HOURS FROM WHEN YOU ORDER THIS FOR PROCESSING IN THE SURGERY, COLLECTION BY THE PHARMACY AND THEN PROCESSING IN THE PHARMACY.
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