Travel Vaccinations - Service not available at the surgery during COVID-19
We are not funded to provide a dedicated travel service, however, we are happy to administer travel vaccinations that are available on the NHS. Written advice must be sought from a professional Travel Adviser before booking an appointment for NHS vaccinations at the practice.
We can provide information on how to access travel services and print off a list of patients previous vaccination which can be presented to a Private travel clinic of your choice or pharmacy who provides Travel immunisation services.
You need to do this at least 8 weeks prior to travel as some immunisations need to be given 4 weeks before travel and we do need adequate time to arrange your vaccination regime and organise suitable appointments.
Please ask the Travel Adviser to provide written confirmation of any NHS vaccination requirements to ensure that we give you everything you require.
If your travel plans are related to employment, then it is advisable that you contact your employers' Occupational Health Service to arrange.
For all travel inquiries we suggest you look at the following excellent website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
FLU CLINICS 2020/21 🤧
Seasonal Flu Vaccination Programme 2020-2021
has now ended
Information about the 2021-22 season should be available from September 2021 onwards
The flu vaccine has now been extended to everyone in Scotland aged 60–64
If you are 60-64 (before 31st March 2021) and registered at a GP Practice in Huntly, Alford or Rhynie and wish to book an appointment, please call the number below – please do not contact your GP Practice as they cannot access these appointments:
Call 01466 765048
(the phone line will be open on the following dates between 10am and 2pm)
Monday 14th – Wednesday 23rd Dec
Tuesday 29th – Thurs 31st December)
The clinic will be held in Huntly on
Saturday 9th January, 2021
If you usually receive the flu vaccine and for any reason have not yet had an appointment, please contact the above number to book an appointment.
This is also extended to shielding patients and their families.
This year’s seasonal influenza vaccination programme is going to be delivered by the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).
Eligible patients will be sent letters from the HSCP from the beginning of October and this will have an appointment date, time and location for your vaccine.
The first cohort of Alford Medical Practice patients (patients aged 65 and over, anyone with underlying medical conditions and children aged 2-5) will be invited to attend Alford Academy Community Campus during the October holidays (Monday 12th to Friday 23rd). An invitation will be sent to your home address in the next couple of weeks.
The remaining cohorts will be offered vaccination as follows:-
* Pregnant women will be advised by their community midwife
* School children in Primary 1-7; parents will be sent information and a consent form, and children will be vaccinated at school
* Health & social care staff will be advised by their employers
* If you are aged 55 – 64, you will receive an appointment letter in December (clinic location to be determined at a later date).
If you are an unpaid carer, or you live with someone who was advised to shield as a result of COVID-19 and you wouldn’t normally get the flu jab, you can contact the NHS Grampian flu helpline (01224 555999) to arrange an appointment.
If you're aged 16 years or older, and not in one of the eligible groups, you can get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee.
The first point of contact for any flu enquiries, including finding out if you are eligible or how to get your flu vaccine, should be www.NHSinform.scot. If your question cannot be answered there, you should call the NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre (01224 555999).
If you are unable to attend the appointment offered, please call the NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre on 01224 555999. The practice will NOT have access to make or reschedule your flu appointment this year.
It is equally important to call the NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre and inform them if you do not wish to take up the invitation or you have already had the jab elsewhere this year.
WE WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WHO HAS RECEIVED AN INVITATION TO GET YOUR FLU VACCINE AS THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT YEAR TO HAVE ONE AND WE MUST TRY TO PREVENT HIGH LEVELS OF INFLUENZA INFECTIONS ADDING MORE PRESSURE TO THE HEALTH SERVICE OVER THE TYPICALLY CHALLENGING WINTER MONTHS WHILE IT CONTINUES TO BATTLE THE IMPACT OF COVID-19.
Please keep an eye on this page (alfordmedicalpractice.co.uk), the Practice Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/alfordmedicalpractice/) for up to date information.