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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.

 


Health visitors / Child health

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The health visiting team aims to promote the health of the whole community but primarily works with preschool children and their families. They undertake childhood developmental assessments in keeping with the routine surveillance programme, offer support regarding parenting, child protection and all aspects of child care. The health visitors are involved in the administration of the routine childhood immunisation program

The core programme offered to all children is as follows:

  • A Primary visit following discharge from the midwife
  • Weekly contact until 6-8 weeks
  • At 8 weeks immunisations
  • At 12 weeks immunisation and weight
  • At 16 weeks immunisation and weight
  • By 6 months the Family Health Assessment and plan should be completed.
  • At 12-13 months weight, height and immunisation (three immunisations over two months)
  • A 2 year contact to review the childs health needs and update family health plans.
  • Between 3 -4 years height, weight and review. Pre - school immunisation offered.
  • All new to area families should receive a minimum of 1 visit/ contact
  • The child and their family may be offered additional supports such as parenting programmes and infant massage baby3

Baby Drop in service

A baby drop in service is operated in the practice every Wednesday between 1.30pm and 2.30pm

 

 

Child Health Self Help websites

These websites below are full of informative, up to date information, we would encourage you to use these valuable resources.

  

Your guide to pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenthood up to 8 weeks

 

Explore our hands-on guide to help you through the challenges and rewards of the toddler years.

Parenting Across Scotland

Lots of good support and helpful information

These pages provide resources and ideas to help parents, Health Visitors, Early Years Practitioners and others to support young children’s development from birth to when they go to school.

ERIC, The Children's Bowel & Bladder Charity has been dedicated for over 30 years to improving the lives of all children and teenagers in the UK facing continence challenges. 
 
Transforming healthcare for babies, their mothers and families in the UK

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.

Immunisation programme

Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight these diseases if we come into contact with them. The health visitors team co- ordinates and manages the child immunisation programme. More information on child hood immunisation can be found here:

 

What to expect after immunisation: babies and young children: The information leaflet below should help.

 

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School nurses

The NHS Grampian School Health Service is staffed by nurses who have undergone specialist training. They work in schools to promote good health, carry out health screening and provide vaccination and immunisation services for pupils. Primary 1 (P1) school children in Scotland are screened to check their height, weight, vision and other general health issues. Similarly, in Secondary 2, school children receive vision screening and a colour vision test. School
nurses can also develop care plans for school children with health problems and ensure that everything is in place for these pupils to allow them to get on with ‘school life.’
The school nurses work closely with teachers and parents and are useful source of advice
and information. They also liaise with hospital services to ensure that pupils are receiving
appropriate care and medicine.
In secondary schools, school nurses also play a supporting role in the classroom, particularly around social education, for example, issues relating to sexual health, smoking and drugs.

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