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FLU IMMUNISATIONS

As you are aware the practice will not be carrying out you flu immunisations this year. Please do not call the practice to make flu appointments

Flu Call Centre –  0345 337 9899,    Email – Gram.flu-info@nhs.scot

Changes to flu vaccination programme across Grampian as Winter 2020 campaign gets underway

The way the flu vaccination is delivered in Grampian is set for significant change this year, as the location for immunisation shifts from GP practices to dedicated clinics.

In 2017, the Scottish Government and the Scottish General Practitioners Committee (SGPC) agreed vaccinations would move away from a model based on GP delivery to one based on NHS Board delivery through dedicated teams.

Dr Simon Hilton, Immunisation Co-ordinator for NHS Grampian said: “The biggest change will be that individuals who previously got their free flu vaccination from their GP will now be invited to attend a local vaccination clinic instead.

This also comes at a time where we anticipate the number of flu vaccinations to increase significantly, with additional groups being offered immunisation due to COVID-19.

Clinics will be set up in a number of locations across Grampian within secondary schools and community spaces such as sports halls, churches and any other large venues that can allow for social distancing. Measures will be put in place to ensure health and safety is priority.”

The following groups will be offered the flu vaccine, free of charge:

* Children aged 2-5
* School children in Primary 1-7
* Pregnant women
* Health Care workers
* Social care workers who provide direct care
* Unpaid carers
* 55-64 year olds
* Those over 65
* Anyone with an underlying medical condition such as asthma, COPD or diabetes
* Anyone who lives with someone who is in the shielding category

Dr Hilton added: “We always give very strong encouragement to people in those groups to come forward and get their flu vaccine. We are now living with a global pandemic, making it even more important that people in the at-risk groups are immunised. Flu adapts and changes constantly. It is not just a bad cold; it is a virus which can make people seriously ill and, unfortunately, claims lives every winter.”

Vaccinations will commence across Grampian from the end of September and the practical arrangements for delivering the vaccine are as follows:

* Pregnant women will be advised by their community midwife;
* Children aged 2-5, those over 65, and anyone with an underlying medical condition will be invited to attend a local clinic at a set date and time. That invitation will come to your home address in the next few weeks;
* School children in Primary 1-7; parents will be sent information and a consent form, and children will be vaccinated at school;
* Health & social care staff will be advised by their employers;
* If you are aged 55 – 64, you will receive an appointment letter in December.

If you are an unpaid carer, or you live with someone who was advised to shield as a result of COVID-19, and you wouldn’t normally get the flu jab, then you can contact the NHS Grampian flu helpline to arrange an appointment.

If you're aged 16 years or older, and not in one of the eligible groups, you can get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee.

To find if you are eligible or how to get your flu vaccine visit www.NHSinform.scot or call NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre 01224 555999.

 


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The travel clinic is held on a Friday afternoon.The clinic is run by nurses who have had specialist training in travel health issues. Appointments need to be booked beforehand. You can only be seen at this clinic if you have at least 6 weeks left before travelling (subject availability of appointments) . There is no cost for attending this clinic.

This clinic is for people travelling abroad on holiday.

 

If you are travelling at short notice or do not have 6 weeks left before you travel there are a number of alternative travel clinics available, these are:

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DUTHIE PHARMACYAddress: 18 Grant Street, Elgin IV30 5UE

Phone: 01343 835370

https://www.facebook.com/duthie16/

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Bishopmill Pharmacy

20 North Street
Bishopmill
Elgin
IV30 4EF
TEL 01343 547374

 

The Travel Clinic (do not see children under 16)

GO Healthy services

Maryhill House

Elgin

( Next to Maryhill Health Centre)

01343 567386 ( Mon – Fri )

 

Private Travel Clinic

Industrial Doctors

Aberdeen

01224 788800  ( Mon – Fri )

 

NHS Grampian Travel Clinic

GO Health Services

Bennnachie Building 

Royal Cornhill Hospital 

Aberdeen 

01224 553663 

 

RS Occupational Health

10 Lotland St, Inverness,

Inverness-Shire IV1 1PA

01463 240286 (clinics Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm )

 

MASTA Travel Clinic

ArkOccupational Health

213 George Street

Aberdeen

01224 562747 (clinics most days Mon - Fri )

 

 

 

Nurses are NOT available to give travel advice over the telephone.

 

Some immunisations for travel abroad are not available on the NHS and there will be a charge for these. These are listed in the Travel Clinic Questionnaire located at the bottom of this page.

 

If you are working abroad you need to access travel advice and immunisations including prescriptions for antimalarials (if required) through your employer’s occupational health scheme or from one of the private clinics listed in the Travel Clinic Questionnaire document at the bottom of the page

  

 

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below

 

EuropeEurope & RussiaNorth AmericaNorth America
Central AmericaCentral AmericaSouth AmericaSouth America
CaribbeanCaribbeanAfricaAfrica
Middle EastMiddle EastCentral AsiaCentral Asia
East AsiaEast AsiaAustralasia Australasia and Pacific

It is important that the date for your travel appointment is as early as possible - at least 8 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

 


Travel Health Questionnaire

To help us offer the appropriate advice, once you have booked an appointment please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.

Travel Clinic Letter 2017.doc


Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)

 

 
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