Raising awareness of changes to flu vaccination programme

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The immunisation team at the Overgate Centre last week

NHS Tayside’s immunisation team was at the Overgate Centre in Dundee for the first in a series of events to raise awareness about this year’s flu programme.

The team were chatting to members of the public about the changes to how children and pregnant women can get vaccinated.

As part of the national Vaccination Transformation Programme, a three-year programme which will see responsibility for the delivery of immunisations move from GPs to NHS Boards, NHS Tayside is introducing the following changes to this year’s flu campaign:

  • Children aged 2-5 years will be directed to a central telephone number to make an appointment with the children’s immunisation team at a clinic near them, which may or may not be within their own GP practice
  • Children aged 12-18 years old in ‘at risk’ groups will be invited to contact the immunisation team for an appointment within one of the community immunisation clinics
  • All pregnant women will be offered the flu vaccine by their midwives at their antenatal appointment and won’t need to make a separate appointment at their GP

Children from 5-12 years will be offered their flu vaccination in school as usual. Consent forms have been delivered and will be appearing in schoolbags.  It’s important that parents check for the immunisation information packs, complete the consent form and return it to the school.

People aged over 65 and adults in ‘at risk’ groups will still contact their GP to make an appointment for their flu vaccination.

Further information events will take place at:

  • Asda, Perth on Tuesday, 3 September
  • Wellgate Centre, Dundee on Thursday, 5 September
  • Tesco, Arbroath on Tuesday, 10 September
  • Overgate Centre, Dundee on Wendesday, 11 September
  • Asda, Forfar on Friday, 13 September

The team will also be visiting nurseries and schools across Tayside.

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