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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Seasonal Flu

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The 2020 seasonal flu vaccination programme is now underway. We recommend that eligible people protect themselves and others and get the free flu vaccination this year.

Due to COVID restrictions and to do everything we can to keep our patients safe,  the way you get your flu vaccination may be different this year.  This year, you will be assigned a date, time and location where you will receive your vaccine.  In a lot of cases this is likely to be a community vaccination centre, rather than at your GP surgery. Also, for the first time, people aged 55-64 are eligible for a free flu vaccination.

Appointments will be sent out to most eligible groups by the end of October. We  encourage everyone to do everything possible to keep this appointment, to avoid any delays to getting the vaccine caused by rescheduling.  

Most people will be contacted in the first phase, but the 55-64 age group will be contacted in phase two.  If you are in this group please do not worry if you don’t receive your letter for a few weeks.

 

With COVID-19 around, it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine

 

Check out if you are eligible and where to get your vaccination below:

Who is eligible and how you can get an appointment

Children and young people

Children in this group will be identified and the local Pre-School Immunisation Team, will contact the parent/guardia...

Children in this group will be identified and the local Pre-School Immunisation Team, will contact the parent/guardian with an allocated appointment for their child.

All parents/carers of 2-5 year olds will receive a letter with an allocated appointment in the next 8-10 weeks. If a...

All parents/carers of 2-5 year olds will receive a letter with an allocated appointment in the next 8-10 weeks.

If after you receive this letter, you need to rearrange your child’s appointment, please call 0141 201 4190 (Monday to Friday, between 10.00am to 4.00pm) or email child.flu@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

When schools returned in August all primary school aged children should have received a consent pack to take home and...

When schools returned in August all primary school aged children should have received a consent pack to take home and parents / guardians were asked to complete and return completed consent forms to school within seven days. Flu immunisation sessions will be delivered in school from the beginning of October until mid-December. If a child misses their flu immunisation at school, for whatever reason, a flyer will be sent home with information about how the parent / guardian can arrange an appointment for their immunisation.

For all children in the above three groups, we are asking parents/guardians to make every effort to attend their allocated appointment so that we can do everything possible to help maintain physical distancing at clinics and ensure that all children can be vaccinated ahead of this year’s flu season.

Please be aware that GP practices will not be able to arrange appointments for your child, so if an appointment needs to be rearranged, the parent / guardian should call 0141 201 4190 from 23rd September onwards. 

If a child / young person in this age range has an eligible health condition they should email SchoolImmsFlu@ggc.scot...

If a child / young person in this age range has an eligible health condition they should email SchoolImmsFlu@ggc.scot.nhs.uk to make an appointment for their flu vaccination providing the following information: 

  • Child’s name (Forename and Surname)
  • CHI Number (if known)
  • Date of Birth
  • Eligible health condition
  • Home address
  • Mobile phone number
  • Email address

 If you don’t have access to e-mail please telephone 0141 201 4190 (Monday-Friday, 10.00am – 3.00pm) to make an appointment for your flu vaccination.

Adults

Individuals in this group will be contacted by your GP practice or the Health Board with appointment information.  If...

Individuals in this group will be contacted by your GP practice or the Health Board with appointment information.  If you have not been contacted by the end of October with details of an appointment for your flu vaccination, you should contact your GP practice.

If you are in this group, you will receive a letter with an allocated appointment by the end of October. Please make...

If you are in this group, you will receive a letter with an allocated appointment by the end of October.

Please make every effort to attend your allocated appointment so that we can do everything possible to help maintain physical distancing at clinics and ensure that we can vaccinate all eligible individuals in a timely and safe way.

There will be no drop-in clinics as we need to manage the number of people at each clinic to ensure physical distancing. Please do not contact your GP practice, as they will not be in a position to give you an appointment.

All those aged 65 and over will receive a letter with an allocated appointment. Letters will be sent in batches by a...

All those aged 65 and over will receive a letter with an allocated appointment.

Letters will be sent in batches by age group by the end of October.

Please make every effort to attend this appointment to help maintain physical distancing at clinics  and to ensure that all can be vaccinated ahead of this year’s flu season.

There will be no drop-in clinics as we need to manage the number of people at each clinic to ensure physical distancing.

Please do not contact your GP practice, as they will not be able to give you an appointment.  Please wait on your letter.

If you cannot attend your allocated appointment, you can call or email to reschedule.

Tel: 0141 201 4180 and you can now e-mail the team too. To do so, please email adult.flu@ggc.scot.nhs.uk with the following information:

  • Contact telephone number (preferably mobile number so that we can send your appointment details to this number)
  • CHI number (you will find this on your appointment letter)
  • Date of birth
  • Forename
  • Surname
  • Date and venue of original appointment

We are currently experiencing high call volumes to our adult flu telephone line. Staff are working hard to answer all calls and will respond to all emails and an alternative appointment will be offered if requested.

Housebound

If your GP practice has identified that you are permanently housebound, you do not need to attend this appointment.  You will be contacted by someone from your local health team over the coming weeks, and they will arrange an appointment for you to have your flu vaccination at home.

Carers, workers and shielding households

If you are aged 18-64 and live in the same house as someone who is shielding, you can get your free flu vaccine from ...

If you are aged 18-64 and live in the same house as someone who is shielding, you can get your free flu vaccine from one of the participating Community Pharmacies.

Look up the list of participating pharmacies, choose a pharmacy and call them to make an appointment.  Explain that you are eligible for a free flu vaccine because you live in the same house as someone who is shielding.

If you are aged 12-17 years old and live in the same house as someone who is shielding, telephone 0141 532 8768 to make an appointment.

All pregnant women will be offered flu from maternity services. If you are pregnant, please speak to your midwife for...

All pregnant women will be offered flu from maternity services. If you are pregnant, please speak to your midwife for more information about getting a flu vaccination.

If you are a Social Care worker who provides direct personal care in: Adult Care Homes Children’s residential or ...

If you are a Social Care worker who provides direct personal care in:

  • Adult Care Homes
  • Children’s residential or secure care settings
  • Care At Home settings including Personal Assistants and Housing Support

You are eligible for a free flu vaccination.

If you are not already offered a flu vaccination by your workplace, you can make an appointment with one of the participating Community Pharmacies.

Look up the list of participating pharmacies, choose a pharmacy and call them to make an appointment to get your free flu vaccine.  Explain that you are eligible for a free flu vaccine because you are a social care worker.

If you are aged 18-64, you can get your free flu vaccine from one of the participating Community Pharmacies. Look up...

If you are aged 18-64, you can get your free flu vaccine from one of the participating Community Pharmacies.

Look up the list of participating pharmacies, choose a pharmacy and call to make an appointment.  Explain that you are eligible for a free flu vaccine because you are an unpaid carer.

If you are aged 12-17, you (or your parent/guardian) should telephone 0141 532 8768 to make an appointment for your flu vaccination.

 

Having your flu vaccine is so important because:

  • Flu is very infectious.  It can be serious and life threatening. Last year thousands of people in Scotland are hospitalised with flu.
  • The flu vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself.   It’s very safe, does not give you flu and only takes a few minutes.
  • It is important to get the vaccine each year as the flu virus changes, and immunity reduces over time.
  • Some people are at greater risk from the effects of flu and should get the vaccine. 
Last Updated: 21 October 2020