FLU SEASON 2018 - 2019
UPDATED 8TH OCTOBER 2018
Seasonal FLU Vaccinations 2018-2019
The seasonal flu vaccination programme for 2018 - 2019 has started. All those people who are eligible for a free vaccination will be written to shortly. This is in addition to the letter that the Scottish Government will be sending out to all those aged 65 and over. As you may have read or seen in the press, there has been a change to the vaccine this year for all those aged 75 and over. The letter from Kinmylies will make it clear which vaccine each patient is to receive and we ask that you bring your letter with you when you come for your vaccination to help make the process more efficient. With the practice posting out important information, now is a good time to check that we have your correct address details.
We will also be running a flu clinic on SATURDAY 24th NOVEMBER. It will run from 9am - 1pm and there is no need to book an appointment. If you turn up on the day, please bring your letter with you and you will be vaccinated as soon as possible after you arrive.
There may be additional clinics available during the regular working week and please contact the surgery to check availability.
DON'T FORGET THAT YOU CAN GET THE FLU JAB DURING A ROUTINE APPOINTMENT SO PLEASE ASK THE GP OR NURSE TO VACCINATE YOU IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE PRACTICE FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
The following groups of patients are due to receive the seasonal flu vaccination:
• All patients aged 65 years and over (those born on or before 31 March 1954 BUT there is also a separate group this year of all those aged 75 and over - with a date of birth on or before 31st March 1944
Patients aged 64 and under who suffer from any of the following medical conditions:
• Chronic respiratory disease (e.g. asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis)
• Chronic heart disease
• Chronic kidney disease
• Chronic liver disease
• Chronic neurological disease (e.g. stroke, TIA, cerebral palsy, MS)
• Immunosuppression (e.g. patients undergoing chemotherapy, HIV)
• Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
• Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
• People in long-stay residential care or homes
• Unpaid carers and young carers
• Adults with a BMI equal to or greater than 40 kg/m²
All children aged 2-5 years not yet at primary school, including those from the above groups will also be due to receive the vaccine. Most children will be given a new painless form of the vaccine given by nasal spray. However, some children who are receiving treatments or have an underlying medical condition may be offered the injectable vaccine.
All children in primary schools (primary 1-7) will be offered vaccination at school. Please contact your primary school for further details.
If you are not in one of the above ‘flu groups’ and would like to have the vaccine, you should enquire at your local community pharmacy.