What is flu?
Flu is much more than a bad cold. It’s a virus which can make even healthy people feel very unwell. In the most serious cases, flu can bring on pneumonia, or other serious infections which can, in extreme cases, result in death.
In Scotland the flu season usually begins as the weather gets colder, so get the vaccine as soon as you can. It is available from October. But remember, during the flu season it’s never too soon to get immunised.
Flu is often spread through the air by coughs and sneezes. It can also be caught by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces.
If you are in one of the eligible groups below please make an appointment now:
- Pre-school children aged 2-5 years (must be 2 by 1.9.17 and not at school)
- Aged 65 years and over (including those 65 by 31.3.18)
- Chronic respiratory disease (such as severe asthma requiring steroid inhalers)
- Chronic heart disease (such as heart failure)
- Chronic kidney disease (stage 3 and above)
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease (such as Parkinson's or motor neurone disease or learning disability)
- Immunosuppression (weakened immune system due to disease such as HIV/AIDS or treatment such as cancer treatment)
- Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
- Pregnant (including those who become pregnant during the flu season)
- Long-stay residential care or Nursing home (this does not include prisons, young offender institutions or University halls of residence)
- Unpaid Carers and young carers
- Obesity Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m (click here to calculate)
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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. Shingles can occur at any age, but is most common in people who are over the age of 70. It is much less common in children.
The main symptom is a painful rash that develops into itchy blisters that contain particles of the virus.
An episode of shingles typically lasts around two to four weeks, although around one in five people go on to develop nerve pain called postherpetic neuralgia in the affected area of skin.
This year the vaccine will be offered to people aged 70 years, born between 02/09/46-01/09/47.
The pneumococcal vaccine (or 'pneumo jab' or pneumonia vaccine as it's also known) protects against pneumococcal infections.
Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (a kind of blood poisoning) and meningitis.
Over 65’s will be offered the vaccination. Only a single vaccination is required which will protect for life. It is not given annually like the flu jab.