FLU INFORMATION- COVID 19

Flu vaccinations

Your questions answered

Who should get a flu vaccine

Am I eligible for a free flu vaccine?

These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:

  • all primary school children
  • children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
  • anyone aged 55 and over (from December)
  • anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid and young carers
  • social care workers who provide direct personal care

Where can I get a flu vaccine if I’m not eligible for a free one?

You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.

Why should I get a flu vaccine?

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

Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.

Getting your flu vaccine

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the need to keep physical distancing means it is not possible for GP practices to give flu vaccines to everyone that should get one.

In Edinburgh, we will set up hubs around the city to give flu vaccines to all eligible people over the coming months. Doing this will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, while making sure we can maintain physical distancing and hygiene standards.

If you attend a GP appointment in person during the Flu vaccine season, you may be given a flu vaccine while you are in the practice, but you will NOT be able to make an appointment just to receive a flu vaccine.

What do I do if I’m over 65, aged 18-64 and in a clinical risk group, pregnant, a carer or living with someone who was shielding during lockdown?

You should attend a drive through clinic to receive your flu vaccine. Read on to find all the information you need to know.

If you cannot attend the drive through clinic, you have the option of receiving your flu vaccine at a local pharmacy. Go to nhsinform.scot/flu to find a pharmacy where you can get a free flu vaccine.

What do I do if I’m 55-64?

If you are aged 55-64, and are not in any of the above categories, you will get a vaccine in a later phase of the programme. We will update this information as soon as all the details are confirmed.

What do I do if I have a child at primary school?

Most primary school age children will receive the flu vaccine at school. For more information visit NHS Inform

What do I do if I have a child who is 2, 3, 4, or 5?

Children aged 2-5 will get their flu vaccines at special hubs around the city. We will update this information as soon as the details are confirmed.

What if I have any questions?

You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0800 22 44 88.

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DRIVE THROUGH SITE INFORMATION

Address : Easter Road Stadium, 12 Albion Road,Edinburgh, EH7 5QG

for Brunton Place Surgery Patients

Who should use this site : 

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people shielding
  • pregnant women
  • unpaid and young carers.

Dates of Drive Through Clinics:

  • Saturday 26th September
  • Sunday 27th September
  • Sunday 4th October
  • Saturday 17th October
  • Sunday 18th October

 

When should I attend?

You can attend on any of these dates. To help with queuing and traffic flow, we have allocated timeslots by surname. Please come at the time next to the first letter of your surname. If there is more than one person in the car, come at the time allocated by the surname of the driver.

Time

First Letter of Surname

9 - 10am

A - B

10 - 11am

C - D

11am - 12 noon

E - H

12 noon - 1pm

I - L

1 - 2.30pm

M - N

2.30 - 3.30pm

O - R

3.30 - 4.30pm

S - U

4.30 - 5.30pm

V - Z

 

What should I do when I arrive?

  • arrive on time - please don’t come early
  • please come at the time set aside for the first initial of your surname. If more than one person in the car is getting a flu vaccine, come at the time for the driver’s surname
  • wear short sleeves if possible
  • have your sleeve rolled up by the time you get to the front of the queue
  • all eligible people from your household should come in the same car if possible
  • follow the signs
  • before you receive your flu vaccine, you will be asked some questions to check it’s safe for you to get the vaccine
  • please let us know if you’ve had a reaction to a vaccination in the past
  • turn off your engine if you think you might be sitting in the car for a while
  • you may have to wait in a queue, please be patient
  • after you have received your flu vaccine, please park in the spaces set aside and wait for 15 minutes before driving off. This is to make sure you don’t have an early reaction and that you’re safe to drive off afterwards

What else do I need to know?

  • you do not need to come to the first date available to you – there will be enough vaccines on any date you attend. To help with traffic flow, please think about coming on a later date in the programme if you can
  • if you feel unwell or have a temperature, do not come to the drive through site. Wait until you are well and attend at a later date
  • there are no toilet facilities available
  • the team giving the vaccinations are trained professionals who will be wearing protective clothing and equipment to protect both you and them
  • the systems we’ve put in place will get people vaccinated as safely and quickly as possible
  • if you feel unwell after receiving your flu vaccine, please let one of the team know as soon as possible

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Patients who are eligible for the flu vaccination should fall into one of the "At Risk" categories below:

  • Asthma patients on asthma medication
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Liver problems (such as cirrhosis/hepatitis)
  • Diabetes
  • HIV infection
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of spleen includes sickle cell disease and coeliac disease
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • being Very Overweight
  • Unpaid carers of any age, including young carers

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WALK THROUGH SITE INFORMATION

Address : Norton Park 57 Albion Road,Edinburgh, EH7 5QG

for Brunton Place Surgery, Patients

Who should use this site : 

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people shielding
  • pregnant women
  • unpaid and young carers.

Dates of Walk Through Clinics:

  • Wednesday 4th Nov
  • Thursday 5th Nov
  • Tuesday 10th Nov
  • Wednesday 11th Nov 
  • Wednesday 18th Nov
  • Thursday 19th Nov
  • Tuesday 24th Nov
  • Wednesday 25th Nov

When should I attend?

You can attend on any of these dates. To help with queuing, we have allocated timeslots by surname. Please come at the time next to the first letter of your surname.

Time

First Letter of Surname

9 - 10am

A - B

10 - 11am

C - D

11am - 12 noon

E - H

12 noon - 1pm

I - L

1 - 2.30pm

M - N

2.30 - 3.30pm

O - R

3.30 - 4.30pm

S - U

4.30 - 5.30pm

V - Z

 

For more information about the flu vaccination and eligibility please click on the link - Immunisation Scotland - FLU (INFLUENZA)

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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

NHS24 on 111 is now the first point of contact for all those with COVID-19 related symptoms.

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptom.

Click on the link below for guide to testing if you have Covid19 symptoms

https://www.nhsinform.scot/self-help-guides/self-help-guide-access-to-testing-for-coronavirus

Health Protection Scotland has published guidance for patients who have been advised to stay at home. There is also guidance for other members of the household. These documents are available below:

Home Isolation – Guidance for Patients

Home Isolation – Guidance for household Members

Social Distancing and protecting older and vulnerable people

 

 

GP's will be contacting the most vulnerable patients to discuss anticipatory care planning, short video below:

Shielding care plan discussion video 


 

If you need a self isolation note for your employer please do not contact the surgery, you can do it online at  self isolation note


HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM COVID 19

 

Video on 'How to stay safe from Covid 19' click link below https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-video-advice/

 

Written advice on 'How to stay safe from Covid 19' (in 45 languages including English)

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

 

Full English text can be found here:

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/English-Covid19-Guidance.pdf

 

There is also a rich collection of online resources available on the website of the Ethnic Minority National Resilience Network https://bemis.org.uk/emnrn/#resources including the below for parents and children:

 



 
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