Flu Vaccinations – Free for Healthcare Workers
The 2016 /17 flu vaccinations are now available from Aberlour Pharmacy. No appointment is needed. You can fill in the short form when you get here, or print one off here. Please remember to bring your photo ID or other document showing your entitlement to a free vaccination.
Private vaccinations, for people not entitled to an NHS vaccination, are £20 each. Please download and complete this form before coming into the pharmacy.
Only Karen and Rebecca can give flu vaccinations, so you might want to phone ahead to check they are working on the day you plan to come in. Phone 871 279.
Who should have the vaccine?
It’s recommended that anyone who works in health and social care, and is directly involved in patient care, should have the flu vaccine. This includes, but is not limited to:
• Anyone who works in a GP practice, pharmacy or hospital
• Workers in paediatric wards, cancer centres and intensive care
• These working in dental surgeries, social care or care homes
Why should you have a flu vaccination?
• It doesn’t contain any live viruses, so it can’t give you flu.
• It helps to protect you against this year’s flu. You have to be vaccinated every year because the virus changes constantly. Also, your immunity reduces over time.
• You will be reducing the risk of getting flu yourself, as well as spreading it to your family and colleagues
• You’ll also be keeping flu away from patients, who can be more vulnerable due to their health conditions.
Staff Vaccination Service
We also offer a Staff Vaccination Service for local employers. The company is invoiced directly once all staff have been vaccinated. Vaccination against flu can reduce the number of sick days taken by employees. No appointment is required, so employees can attend at a time that suits them. Absolute confidentiality is, as always, maintained, so any medical history obtained during the consultation is NOT passed on to the employer. Please contact the pharmacy for more information.
Private Flu Vaccinations
Private flu vaccinations (£20) are given to people who are not entitled to an NHS vaccination. These are particularly popular with self-employed people who want to reduce their risk of ill health over winter. These vaccinations are available for adults and children over the age of 3 years. Children aged under 13 years who have not been vaccinated against Influenza before need a repeat vaccination after 4 to 6 weeks. The charge for a course of 2 vaccinations is £30.
Forms to fill in at home.
If possible, before you come to the pharmacy, please download a form below and complete it so that we can get your vaccination done as quickly as possible, and you can get on with your busy day! (Do remember to allow 10 minutes“reading the latest edition of the Knock News while demonstrating that I’m NOT allergic to flu jabs” time. Thank you!)
NHS Information on Flu Vaccinations from 2014 – It is not from this year but is very clear and well written, so I’ve kept it available on the pharmacy website.
Should you, or your neighbour or relative, be getting a vaccination at the medical centre?
If you can tick one (or more) of the boxes below please contact your medical centre for a vaccination.
Please don’t put it off, or even turn down the offer – Flu is a horrid illness, leaves people washed out for weeks, and for people in the categories below it can make them very ill indeed.
Risk Conditions: These are the groups of people at higher risk from flu that the NHS encourages to get vaccinated at their medical centre. (It’s an NHS bureaucracy thing, no clinical reason.)
Conditions and diseases which can make flu much more dangerous include:
- cystic fibrosis,
- chronic heart disease,
- chronic kidney failure,
- multiple sclerosis,
- liver problems such as cirrhosis/hepatitis,
- diabetes and
- HIV infection.
- Anyone undergoing chemotherapy treatment should also get vaccinated.
- And, if you have children who suffer from any of these conditions, they should be vaccinated too.
- Anyone 65 years old or more should also be vaccinated.
- If you provide care for older people, anyone frail, anyone with a physical or mental illness or anyone with an addiction or disability, you’re eligible for the flu vaccine. This includes children or young people aged under 18 carrying out significant caring tasks for another person.
The information above is from the NHS Scotland Immunisation website. Click on the light blue text to get through to their website.
The patient friendly version is here!
If you have any questions about the flu vaccination, or any other pharmacy services, please ask. I look forward to seeing you soon,
Pharmacist / Director, Aberlour Pharmacy