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Seasonal Immunisations

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Influenza Vaccination Eligibility

All patients 65 years of age and over by 31st March, 2020.

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

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.

Pregnant women will be offered the vaccination in the following ways:

· Booking in appointments

· Any scheduled ante-natal appointments

· Ante-natal in-patients

· If attending for Pertussis vaccine

· Flu clinic at Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy Saturday the 9th November 9am-12 noon

· Flu clinic at Queen Margaret Hospital Saturday the 16th November 9am-12 noon

· Any pregnant women not attending a scheduled appointment who cannot attend a flu clinic will be appointed if they contact Midwifery Services: QMH – 01383 627033 VHK – 01592 729089

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 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, 2020.

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 –

  • Those aged 70 (born between 2nd September 1948 and 1st September 1949).
  • It has also been agreed that during the 2019/20 programme, GPs can continue to vaccinate anyone who was eligible during the previous years’ programmes but who did not take up the offer of vaccination. This means anyone born between 2nd September 1939 and 1st September 1949 (both dates inclusive) can be offered the vaccine.

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.