FLU CLINICS 2020/21 🤧
This year’s seasonal influenza vaccination programme is going to be delivered by the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).
Eligible patients will be sent letters from the HSCP from the beginning of October and this will have an appointment date, time and location for your vaccine.
The first cohort of Alford Medical Practice patients (patients aged 65 and over, anyone with underlying medical conditions and children aged 2-5) will be invited to attend Alford Academy Community Campus during the October holidays (Monday 12th to Friday 23rd). An invitation will be sent to your home address in the next couple of weeks.
The remaining cohorts will be offered vaccination as follows:-
* Pregnant women will be advised by their community midwife
* 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 (clinic location to be determined at a later date).
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, you can contact the NHS Grampian flu helpline (01224 555999) 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.
The first point of contact for any flu enquiries, including finding out if you are eligible or how to get your flu vaccine, should be www.NHSinform.scot. If your question cannot be answered there, you should call the NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre (01224 555999).
If you are unable to attend the appointment offered, please call the NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre on 01224 555999. The practice will NOT have access to make or reschedule your flu appointment this year.
It is equally important to call the NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre and inform them if you do not wish to take up the invitation or you have already had the jab elsewhere this year.
WE WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WHO HAS RECEIVED AN INVITATION TO GET YOUR FLU VACCINE AS THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT YEAR TO HAVE ONE AND WE MUST TRY TO PREVENT HIGH LEVELS OF INFLUENZA INFECTIONS ADDING MORE PRESSURE TO THE HEALTH SERVICE OVER THE TYPICALLY CHALLENGING WINTER MONTHS WHILE IT CONTINUES TO BATTLE THE IMPACT OF COVID-19.
Please keep an eye on this page (alfordmedicalpractice.co.uk), the Practice Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/alfordmedicalpractice/) for up to date information.