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Flu immunisations

Flu Clinics:

Saturday October 7th and Saturday November 4th 2017

If you fit into the right age group, are a carer or have any of the conditions noted below, we would like you to come along for immunisation -

  • Over 65 years
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Chest conditions or asthma (if you are using steroid inhalers)
  • Liver disease
  • Renal failure
  • Chronic neurological disease
  • Immunosuppressed due to disease or illness - if unsure, ask the nurse or doctor
  • Main carer for an elderly or disabled person (unpaid carers only)
  • Pregnant

The District Nursing Team will give flu immunisation at home for patients who are not well enough to attend.

If you do not fit into these categories but wish to be immunised, you can contact some of the local chemists, larger pharmacies or Albyn Hospital to arrange this.  They charge a fee.

If you really do not want to be immunised please let us know as soon as possible.  You can always change your mind, but it would mean that we do not have to contact you so often. 

 

New Vaccination for 2 to 11 Year Olds -  

All children aged 2 - 5 years old will be invited to attend for flu immunisation at the surgery.

5 - 11 year olds will receive the immunisation at their primary school. Look out for information from your school.  

Pneumococcal Vaccine

The pneumococcal vaccine protects at risk patients from pneumococcal infection.  Pneumococcus is a bacteria that can cause serious illness such as pneumonia and meningitis.

At risk patients include young children under 2 years old and people over 65 years as they have a higher risk of becoming unwell with pneumococcal infection.  Older people are more likely to suffer long term health problems following pneumococcal infection.

One dose protects against pneumococcal infection and re-immunisation is not recommended except in special circumstances. 

The vaccine is recommended for all people over 65 years old.  Children under 2 years of age are offered the vaccine as part of routine childhood immunisation.  The following people with serious medical problems are also advised to get the vaccine:

  • Problems with the spleen or removal of the spleen
  • Serious respiratory or heart conditions
  • Severe kidney or liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppressed
  • Cochlear implants
  • Individuals with cerebrospinal fluid leaks
  • Children under 5 years of age who have previously had pneumococcal disease

 

Contact the surgery for further advice if you think you may be eligible for the vaccination. If enquiring please avoid our busy times and contact us after 10:30am.



 
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