Child Health and Vaccines

The Covid Vaccine

Good news the Doctors and Nurses of the Grange Clinic who have all received the COVID 19 vaccine are excited now to give it to our patients. This is a massive undertaking and for now we have the plan for the over 70s group. As soon as we have information from the HSE on the roll out for the under 70s age groups we will let you know.

When will I receive the first dose of vaccine?

Age group over 85 – Date of vaccine 25th February

Age group 80-84 – Date of vaccine between 11th and 13th March

Age group 75-79 – Date of vaccine between 25th and 27th March

Age group 70- 74 – Date of vaccine between 8th and 10th April

Second dose will be 28 days later

How can I book my appointment?

The week prior to your vaccine you will receive a text message with a link to book your 10 minute appointment slot on line. You need your PPS number, an email address and to have read the vaccine information and to tick the consent button to allow you to book your appointment online.

Where do I get the information on the vaccine?

The text message you receive will have a link to the patient leaflet that has been created by the HSE. You must read this information before signing the consent on the booking form.

Information for vaccination day

First attend on time, this is essential.
On arrival to the clinic you will be allocated a room to wait outside.
Please wear short sleeves for easy access. When you are waiting, remove all coats and have your non-writing arm out ready for vaccination.
After the vaccination you must wait 15 minutes in the observation room (30 minutes if history of anaphylaxis)
Please attend alone but 1 carer can come with you if necessary.

What happens if I am house bound?

You must make every possible effort to make it to the practice. At present the vaccine is not stable to be transported by GPs in their cars as we would previously have done with the flu vaccine, we are very disappointed about this. The HSE are formulating a plan to vaccinate patients who are housebound.

Covid Vaccine - Frequently Asked Questions
  1. I am 82 and my wife is 78 can we be vaccinated together? NO for fairness it must be done by Date of birth, this is non negotiable.
  2. When will i receive my 2nd dose? 28 days later, again you will receive a text message to book online.
  3. I have already had Covid 19 should I get the vaccine? If you have already had COVID-19, you still need to get vaccinated. This is because you could become infected with the virus again. There’s a small chance you might still get COVID-19 even if you have been vaccinated. But you’ll be protected from the serious illness the virus can sometimes cause.
  4. Who can’t receive the COVID 19 Vaccine? You can’t receive the vaccine in the following situations:
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine, including polyethylene glycol (found in the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines) or polysorbate 80 (found in the AstraZeneca vaccine) – the vaccinator will ask you about any allergies you may have.
  • If you have a fever (temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above) – wait until you feel better.
  • If you have had an immediate allergic reaction to any other vaccine or injectable therapy, you should talk to your doctor before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you currently have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 – wait until it has been 4 weeks since you first noticed symptoms or you first tested positive. 
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 – self-isolate (stay in your room) and phone your GP to get tested.
  • If you have had an immediate allergic reaction to any other vaccine or injectable therapy, you should talk to your doctor before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
Important links about COVID-19 Vaccine

Childhood Flu Vaccines (ages 2-12 years)

To all parents attending for a kids flu vaccine. Please read all information below so you are fully informed prior to attending the surgery. On the day of the vaccine you will be asked to sign a consent for each child. On the day of the vaccine the doctor will be unable to go through this again as there will be over 100 families attending and to maintain social distancing we require vaccination and exiting to occur without hold ups.  There is even further information on the HSE website: Nasal flu vaccine for children – HSE.ie

Nasal Flu Vaccine Consent Form

Influenza (flu) is a very infectious illness caused by the flu virus. Flu spreads easily and infects both children and adults. Children can get severe complications of flu including pneumonia, bronchitis and encephalitis. Children who are sick with flu miss days in crèche, childcare and school.
The vaccine is given as a single spray in each nostril of your child’s nose.
Your child can breathe normally while getting the vaccine. There is no need to take a deep breath or sniff.
The vaccine is not painful and is absorbed quickly. It will work even if your child has a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose after the vaccination.
Most children need only 1 dose of the vaccine each year. Children with chronic health conditions like chronic heart or lung conditions may need 2 doses. The doses are given 4 weeks apart if they have never had a flu vaccine.
Your child should not get the vaccine if they:
• have had a severe allergic reaction/anaphylaxis to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients
• are taking medicines called salicylates, which include aspirin
• have a severely weakened immune system because of certain medical conditions or treatments
• have taken influenza antiviral medication in previous 48 hours
• are living with someone who has a severely weakened immune system  – eg someone who has had a recent bone marrow transplant
• asthma-if your child has increased wheezing/additional Ventolin use in the previous 72 hours they will need to delay getting the vaccine.
• If your child has asthma and has been needing regular oral steroids or has been admitted to ICU you will need to contact us/their hospital team to discuss vaccination.
You should delay your child’s vaccination if they are unwell and have a high temperature.
The most common side effects are mild and include:
• a runny or blocked nose
• headache
• fever
• muscle aches
Some children get a fever (temperature) after the vaccine. It is usually mild and goes away on its own.
If your child has a fever or a headache, you can give them paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Never give aspirin or medication including aspirin e.g. Disprin to children unless prescribed by a doctor. This is especially important in the 4 weeks after getting the flu vaccine.
Serious side effects such as a severe allergic reaction are rare.
There is no evidence that you can catch flu from the nasal flu spray.

WHO NEEDS 2 DOSES OF NASAL FLU VACCINE?

If your child is aged between 2-8 years and has NEVER received a flu vaccine before and falls into any of the below groups, please book a second nasal flu vaccine in 4 weeks.

  • Epilepsy, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disorder especially those attending special schools or day centres.
  • Cancer patients
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Chronic respiratory disease including cystic fibrosis and moderate and severe asthma
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Down Syndrome
  • Immunosuppression due to treatment
  • Morbid obesity
  • Cerebral Palsy and intellectual disability

Immunisation

Both practices are actively involved in providing the Primary Childhood Immunisation program. This program involves vaccinations given at 2,4,6,12 and 13 months as part of the National program on Primary Immunisation. These vaccinations are provided free of charge in the medical practice and are administered by either a Doctor or a nurse. School booster at age 4-5 are administered in the School system only.

Click here for the New Immunisation Schedule from October 1st 2016

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