2020-2021 Isle of Man Programme Delivery
Thank you for all the hard work everyone is doing as part of the local response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
It is more important than ever that we have effective plans in place for the 2020/21 flu season to protect those at risk, prevent ill-health and minimise further impact on the health service and social care.
We recognise that delivering the flu immunisation programme is likely to be more challenging because of the impact of COVID-19 on our health and social care services.
The Winter Flu Programme helps to reduce GP consultations, unplanned hospital admissions and pressure on the Emergency Department and is therefore a critical element of the system-wide approach for delivering robust and resilient health and care services during the winter season.
As you know there is no island-wide surveillance of influenza data and we all rely on good communication between practitioners to help alert us to circulating diseases. We must therefore guard against complacency and continue to improve vaccine uptake rates. As usual we should strive to further improve vaccine uptake rates in all eligible cohorts.
Eligible Groups entitled to receive a free flu vaccine:
or have a long term condition such as:
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological condition, eg multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, eg sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
People described as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ for COVID-19 are all eligible for a free flu vaccine and it is really important this year that they receive it.
This list of conditions isn’t definitive. It’s always an issue of clinical judgement.
A GP can assess and take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness worse, as well as risks of serious illness from flu itself.
- The National Flu Immunisation Programme 2020/21 issued - June 2020
- The national influenza immunisation programme 2020 to 2021: Inactivated influenza vaccine information
- The national childhood flu immunisation programme 2020 to 2021
- Green Book Chapter 19: Influenza – Immunisation against infectious disease
The Influenza chapter of the Green Book provides detailed descriptions of eligible groups and guidance for healthcare workers on administering the flu vaccine.
Children 2-3 years of age
The DHSC are pleased to announce that GP practices will deliver the childhood flu vaccine to children aged 2-3 years.
Payments for the delivery have been agreed and communicated with all GP Practice by the DHSC Primary Care Directorate, if you have any queries please contact your normal vaccination lead.
Please ensure that your GP practice has order enough vaccines to covering the needs for those registered with your practice falling into this age group.
For further details visit: www.gov.im/flu
Children Reception to 10 years: School vaccination programme
The DHSC, Primary Care Directorate, School Nursing Team will deliver a school vaccination programme to school children from Reception through to Year 6 in all island primary schools for the first time this Autumn.
For further information on the delivery of this programme see www.gov.im/schoolflu
For parent advice see: www.gov.im/childhoodflu
65+, Pregnancy, and at Risk Groups
People who are eligible for the flu vaccine this year include:
- adults aged 65 and over
- adults aged 18 to 64 with a long term health condition
- pregnant women
- morbidly obese people
For further details visit: www.gov.im/flu
Vaccination of Frontline Staff
The DHSC will continue to support the vaccination of Frontline Staff as part of the 2020-2021 Flu Vaccination Programme.
For more details on this programme please see www.gov.im/frontlineflu
Vaccination training for Staff
Please ensure that all health professionals involved with the delivery of this year’s programme have completed the following training modules:
- 2020-2021 Annual Flu training programme
(this has to be completed even if you have only just completed 2019-2020 training)
- Emergency Treatment of Anaphylactic Reactions e-Module
- Intramuscular Injection training
External Health Professionals
NHS Health Education England.
eLearn Vannin - Government employees
Guidance, Leaflets and print materials
Resources are now available for reference, download and print for display and issue purposes as follows:
For Health Professionals
Guidance for Health Professionals
Guidance for Head teachers and School Flu Vaccination Programme Delivery
- Programme Briefing for Schools
- Poster: Which vaccine should children have?
- Poster Flu: 5 reasons to vaccinate your child
Guidance for Peer Vaccinators and where staff can receive a vaccination
See separate drop down menu for supporting print materials.
Posters for the Public
- For parents of children aged 2-3
- For health care providers
- For people with long-term health conditions
- For people aged 65 and over
- For pregnant women
Information on Groups entitled to receive this year’s flu vaccines
- General leaflet: Winter 2020-21 - The Flu Vaccination Who should have it and why information leaflet
- Parents leaflet: Protecting your child against flu information leaflet
School Vaccination Programme: Information for parents
Details on the new primary school vaccination programme. Includes details on providing consent and what parents of those home schooling need to do to receive a vaccine. It also provides details on the planned school delivery dates.