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Seasonal Immunisations

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Those aged 70 or over will be contacted by their local NHS health board with details about their appointment.  Information about how to arrange your flu vaccination for all other eligible individuals will be available soon.

For full information please see the NHS Inform website – https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/the-vaccines/the-flu-vaccine

Influenza Vaccination Eligibility

This year’s flu vaccination programme will begin in September.  The people most at risk from flu will be prioritised for the vaccine.

The following groups of people are recommended to have the free flu vaccine this year:

Pneumococcal Vaccination

The practice offers Pneumococcal vaccination to patients in High Risk groups and this can be given at any time of the year. 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 by 31st March, 2022.

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 shingles vaccination is being made available to certain patients –

People between the ages of 70 and 79 on 1 September 2021 are eligible for the free shingles vaccine.

People aged 80 and over won’t get the shingles vaccine because it’s less effective as people get older.

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.

If you develop fever post vaccination, this should usually resolve within 48 hours.  This is a relatively common, expected reaction, and self-isolation and testing for COVID-19 are not required unless COVID is suspected based on other clinical criteria such as cough and/or loss of taste and/or smell.

If fever persists beyond 48 hours or you develop other COVID-19 related symptoms, then you should self-isolate and it is recommended you have a test for COVID-19.

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 dialing 999 for an Ambulance.