Flu, Pneumococcal and Shingles vaccines are now available for eligible patients
Our Vaccination Programme has Started
The practice has now commenced our Winter Vaccination Programme and a number of clinics have been organised during the month of October. These clinics are available for the administration of flu vaccination as well as pneumococcal and shingles vaccinations, where appropriate.
If you are over 65 years of age you are automatically eligible to be vaccinated against flu and pneumococcal disease at the practice, or if you are under 65 and living with a chronic condition, you may be eligible to have the flu and/or pneumococcal vaccination. Please call the surgery and our staff will be able to advise you further (for Taymount phone 01738 627117 & for Scone Surgery phone 01738 551739).
Shingles vaccination is also offered to eligible patients who are aged 70-79 who have not been vaccinated in previous years.
If you are due to come into a clinic for an annual review in October, there is no need to book a separate appointment for this as the nurse can do this at the same time for you.
Vaccinations for Children
This year, for the first time, the Tayside Children's Immunisation Team will be responsible for administering the flu vaccination to any eligible patients who are under the age of 18. Therefore, the practice will have no access to vaccine stock for anyone in this age group.
As was the case in previous years, primary school age children will continue to have their vaccination carried out at clinics within their school. However, parents or guardians of eligible children who are not at primary school (or who may have missed their school clinic date due to being absent on the day) are being encouraged to contact the central booking line to make an appointment for this and the number to call is 01307 475240.
Why get the Flu Vaccine?
- Getting the vaccine is the best protection available against influenza.
- You have to get the vaccine every year because the virus changes constantly and your immunity reduces over time.
- The vaccine helps protect against more than one type of influenza virus.
- The vaccine cannot give you influenza. It can stop you catching it and spreading it to others.
The majority of people aged 65 or over in Scotland choose to get the flu vaccine each year. Even if you think you may have had influenza like illness this year, you should still make an appointment to get the vaccine when you're feeling better as most such illnesses are not real influenza. The flu vaccine is also recommended for people with a health condition and pregnant women.
More About Flu
Flu is much worse than a bad cold, it can be life-threatening. The flu vaccine is the safest, most effective way to protect yourself from flu. Find out the facts about flu at www.flufacts.scot, including who is eligible for vaccination.
Posted: 2 October 2019