The Surgery will send letters to eligible patients in due course. If you don’t receive a letter and believe you are due the Shingles Vaccination please get in touch.
2016 Update: More people now eligible for the shingles vaccine. If you were aged 76 or 77 on 1 September 2015, you are also eligible for the shingles vaccine.
Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It is caused by the same virus as chickenpox and causes painful blisters on the skin.
In Scotland around 7000 people aged 70 years and over get shingles every year. There is a vaccine that can reduce your risk of getting shingles (also known as herpes zoster), or, if you do get shingles, it can reduce how serious the symptoms will be.
Please phone the surgery for appointments if you are eligible.
Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY)
Meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) are rare but life-threatening diseases. They are caused by several groups of meningococcal bacteria – the most common types are A, B, C, W and Y.
Since 2009, there has been a year-on-year increase in the number of cases of meningococcal W (MenW) infection in the UK. Young people have a higher risk of getting meningitis and septicaemia from MenW therefore a one-year catch up programme has been introduced offering a MenACWY vaccine to:
- anyone 16-18 who has left school – who can get the vaccine at their GP practice until March 2016
- all young people who will be in S3-S6 – who will get their vaccine at school from January 2016 (or at their GP practice in Western Isles).