GPs unaware pupils entitled to flu vaccine

GPs unaware pupils entitled to flu vaccine

GPs unaware pupils entitled to flu vaccine

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A COMMUNICATION mix-up meant parents were ringing up GP surgeries to get free flu jabs for their children, but GPs were unaware they were entitled to the vaccine.

An NHS England initiative to prevent the spread of flu to “at risk” children, meant all pupils at a special school in Witney were being offered the jab.

Anyone who is in a risk group, such as children with cerebal palsy, is entitled to the vaccine for free, but this year NHS Thames Valley extended it to any child who attends a special school. In Witney, it was again extended to include pupils at Madley Brook Primary School, which shares its site with Springfield Special School.

But, the Oxford Mail understands, GP practices in the area were initially unaware that children from Madley Brook were entitled to the vaccine.

Richard Tilley, whose four-year-old son Matthew is a pupil at Madley Brook, said: “It has led to a bit of confusion among parents, but I am pleased we should be able to access it.”

Screening and Immunisation head for NHS Thames Valley Dr Nisha Jayatilleke said: “To provide protection to those we know are particularly vulnerable ... in Oxfordshire we decided that vaccination should be offered to all children in special schools to protect individual children and reduce the risk of flu outbreaks.”

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2:38pm Thu 28 Nov 13

mrsjwa says...

Regarding your lead story regarding the flu jab for children at Madley Park School in Witney, it seems that GPs at the Windrush Health Centre are still unaware that these children are entitled to the vaccine. On reading your story, my daughter rang up the Windrush to make an appointment for her 6-year old son to have a jab and was told, for the second time, that he wasn't entitled to one. It's a shame that these people don't get their act together.
Regarding your lead story regarding the flu jab for children at Madley Park School in Witney, it seems that GPs at the Windrush Health Centre are still unaware that these children are entitled to the vaccine. On reading your story, my daughter rang up the Windrush to make an appointment for her 6-year old son to have a jab and was told, for the second time, that he wasn't entitled to one. It's a shame that these people don't get their act together. mrsjwa
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