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Immunisation

vaccination11The practice patients have a high uptake of immunisation and all the doctors are very keen to continue this. Immunisation can prevent several distressing illnesses and some life threatening conditions. If you have any doubts, please discuss them with us so that we can help you to assess the possible risks. Vaccinations are carried out by our practice nurses.

The Health Authority's Child Health Department will write to parents with reminders when vaccinations are due. Please make an appointment with a practice nurse when the time comes. Please do feel free to contact the health visitor or a practice nurse if you feel your child’s vaccinations are not up to date or you have any other concerns.

We also recommend influenza immunisation to all patients over 65 and those with chronic diseases such as chronic bronchitis and respiratory problems, diabetes and heart disease in accordance with Department of Health guidelines. These are normally done from early October each year. Pneumococcal vaccination is also recommended for patients with chest problems and patients who have had their spleen removed, those with diabetes or coronary heart disease and those over 65 years old.

Whilst we are unable to offer fully comprehensive travel advice for patients travelling abroad, the practice nurses can provide all the necessary immunizations and anti-malaria tablets. If further advice is required this can be obtained from other sources, such as http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk

There are charges for certain non-NHS vaccinations, eg Rabies. Ideally travellers away for more than one month should start their immunisations at least two months before departure. For holidays less than one month in duration three to four weeks is usually sufficient. Please complete a Travel Form available from reception and hand it back one week prior to your appointment with the practice nurse. Alternatively click on the link to the top left of the screen, Foreign Travel Advice, for further information and an on-line travel questionnaire.

Patients working in certain professions may require special immunisations. For example, health workers, police and firemen may need hepatitis protection. The provision of a Hepatitis B vaccination for occupational reasons is not an NHS service. The employer has responsibility under health & safety legislation for the employee and will need to refer the patient to their own occupational health advisors. If in doubt, please ask the practice nurse.

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