Untitled-1

 

From October 2013, the phased introduction of the childhood flu vaccination programme began in Scotland. This year is the second year of the programme which will eventually apply to all children aged 2 to 17 years.

This year, GP practices will be responsible for providing flu vaccines to 2 main groups of children

(1) Children aged under 2 years of age with specific (“eligible”) medical conditions such as heart disease, respiratory conditions, diabetes and neurological disease The flu vaccine offered to babies and toddlers aged under 2 years will be an injection

(2) All children aged 2, 3 or 4 years of age on 1st September 2014 The flu vaccine offered to these children will usually be nasal drops (some exceptions will apply)

This year – older, primary school children (including those with the eligible medical conditions) will receive their flu vaccines at school.

We intend to offer flu vaccinations to children in dedicated clinics run by our practice nurses. We anticipate both types of vaccine being available by the end of October / early November. Clinics may be deferred if supplies are delayed.

Further information about childhood flu vaccinations is available online at the following sites

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/318806/phe-who-gets-which-vaccine-06.pdf

http://www.immunisationscotland.org.uk/vaccines-and-diseases/seasonalflu/childflu.aspx

We appreciate that these arrangements may be confusing for parents / carers so please contact the surgery to discuss queries with Karen Gillan or Helen Dickson.