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Seasonal Immunisations

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Dates

Saturday 5th November 9:00 – 11:30

Influenza Vaccination Eligibility

All patients 65 years of age and over on 31st March, 2017.

Adults and children who are 6 months or older with “at risk” conditions:

  • Asplenia or splenic dysfunction
  • Chronic respiratory or heart conditions (including Asthmatics on inhaled steroids only)
  • Chronic kidney conditions
  • Chronic liver conditions
  • Chronic neurological conditions (including Strokes, TIAs and Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppression

All pregnant women

Unpaid carers and young carers

Anyone with BMI >40

Children aged 2 to 5 and not yet at school will be notified by invitation from the Scottish Government if they are eligible – they will not be vaccinated on the drop in day.

These groups are determined by the department of Health. We are unable to give you a Flu vaccination if you do not fall into one of the above groups.

Pneumococcal Vaccination

The practice offers Pneumococcal vaccination to patients in High Risk groups. The vaccine provides some protection against one of the most common causes of meningitis and also against other conditions such as severe ear infections and pneumonia caused by pneumococcal bacteria.

Eligibility:

All patients 65 years of age and over on 31st March, 2017.

Adults and children with “at risk” conditions:

  • Asplenia or splenic dysfunction
  • Chronic respiratory or heart conditions (Asthmatics do not usually require this vaccine)
  • Chronic kidney conditions
  • Chronic liver conditions
  • Chronic neurological conditions (including Strokes, TIAs and Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppression
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Complement Disorders

Most people only need to receive this vaccination once in their lifetime. So if you’ve had it before it’s unlikely you’ll need it again.

Shingles Vaccination

The new shingles vaccination is being made available to certain patients – more information shortly, but if you are eligible you should have received a letter.

This is a one-off vaccine and does not need to be repeated.

Read more about the Shingles Vaccination Programme.

Potential Side Effects from Vaccinations

Commonly reported side effects include:

  • Pain, swelling, hardness or redness at the site of injection
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscular aches and pains

These are more common after receiving the pneumococcal injection and usually disappear within 2 to 3 days. A cold compress can be applied to the site of the injection. Pain relief such as Paracetamol and / or Ibuprofen can be taken at recommended doses.

Rare side effects:

  • Rash
  • Facial swelling
  • Breathing difficulties

These are serious side effects and immediate medical help should be sought by telephoning the surgery or dialling 999 for an Ambulance.