Flu season will soon be upon us again and we have already had enquiries at the practice regarding the arrangements for flu vaccines this season. This year, the Scottish Government has asked GP practices to deliver flu vaccines to the following groups of patients:
  • Children aged 6 months to 2 years in “at risk” groups
  • Children aged 2 to 5 years (dates of birth from 2nd September 2009 to 1st September 2013 inclusive) who are not yet attending primary school
  •  Any child aged 5 to 11 years who missed vaccination at school (note that the practice will only deliver these vaccines after the scheduled school vaccination sessions)
  • Children aged 12 to 17 years in an “at risk” group
  • Adults aged 18 to 65 years in an “at risk” group
  • Anyone aged 65 years or over
  • Residents of residential homes or care facilities
  • Unpaid carers (note that those in employment as paid carers should receive a flu vaccine from their employers)
  “At risk” groups are those who have a medical condition that is associated with a higher risk of influenza. The following medical conditions are included:
  • Respiratory Disease (note that not all asthmatics are automatically entitled to the vaccine – please enquire if you do not receive an invitation)
  • Heart Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Neurological Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppression (those with an impaired immune system)
  • Pregnant Women
A new “at risk” group of those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40 has been added to the 2015 / 2016 vaccination programme. To calculate your BMI, click on the link below: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/BodyMassIndex.aspx If you think you are eligible for a flu vaccine for the first time under this category and you do not qualify under any of the other categories (either an “at risk” group or aged over 65 years) please contact the surgery and ask to speak to Karen Gillan. We are aware that our clinical records may not include recent heights and weights for all our patients so we are happy to be advised of this information.   The practice will hold dedicated flu clinics at the medical centre for children. Please call the surgery to request an appointment if you believe that your child is eligible under one of the above categories to receive a flu vaccine from us. Note that the majority of children attending primary school should receive their vaccine at school and not from the GP practice. Most children will receive the nasal vaccine that is delivered as drops into the nose however this is not suitable for all children as some may still need to receive an injection. Our practice nurses will advise which vaccine should be administered. The practice will be holding 4 flu clinics* for adults as follows: 1. Monday 12th October at Eyemouth Day Hospital from 8am to 6pm 2. Wednesday 14th October at Coldingham Village Hall from 8.30am to 1.30pm 3. Wednesday 18th November at Eyemouth Medical Practice from 8am to 6pm 4. Thursday 19th November at Coldingham Village Hall from 1.30pm to 5.30pm *Please note that all these are subject to vaccine availability   Patients from any geographical area may attend any of the above clinics – there are no restrictions so please select the clinic that is most convenient. Patients aged over 65 years will be sent an invitation to attend for a flu vaccine by NHS Scotland. Those aged under 65 years who we believe to be in “at risk” group should be sent an invitation letter by the medical practice. Please bring this letter with you to a flu clinic of your choice – failure to present this letter at the clinic may result in an unnecessary delay whilst clinic staff verify your eligibility to receive a vaccine. If you feel that you are eligible for a flu vaccine but do not receive an invitation letter, please contact Karen Gillan at the practice. If you are genuinely unable to attend any of the above dates, please contact the medical practice for advice regarding arrangements although we do expect the majority of our eligible patients to be able to make one of the above clinics. For more information regarding flu vaccines, please click on the links below ADULTS http://www.immunisationscotland.org.uk/vaccines-and-diseases/seasonalflu/index.aspx?utm_source=print&utm_campaign=flu CHILDREN http://www.immunisationscotland.org.uk/vaccines-and-diseases/seasonalflu/childflu.aspx If you are not eligible for a flu vaccine from the GP practice but would like to receive a vaccine, please enquire at a local pharmacy as many now provide this service for a nominal charge.