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 Racecourse Road Medical Group
     3 Racecourse Road, Ayr, KA7 2DF
    Tel: 01292 886622   |   Fax:  01292 269774
    Prescription Line:  01292 614309   |   Out of Hours/NHS24:  111  


Vaccinations & Immunisation

 

Vaccinations and immunisations are usually carried out by the Health Visitors and Practice Nurses by appointment.

 

They fall into four general categories, childhood (Health Visitors), adult, travel and influenza (Practice Nurses), each of which is dealt with below.

 

In general the practice will contact you when further vaccination or immunisation protection is recommended but please do not hesitate to contact the practice for an appointment if you consider that you need additional protection.

 

If you have any questions about vaccinations or immunisation, please contact reception in the first instance. If necessary, they will arrange for you to speak with one of the nurses or doctors.

 

Childhood 

 

The practice will contact all parents of children regarding the recommended programme of immunisation and vaccinations for all children up to the age of 18 as follows:

 

2 months old

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus Influenza type B (DTaP/IPV/Hib)

 

Pneumococcal (PCV)

One injection

 

One Injection

3 months old

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus Influenza type B (DTaP/IPV/Hib)

 

Meningitis C (MenC)

One injection

 

One injection

4 months old

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus Influenza type B (DTaP/IPV/Hib)

 

Pneumococcal (PCV)

 

Meningitis C (MenC)

One injection

 

One injection

 

One injection

Around 12 months old

Haemophilus Influenza type B (Hib)

 

Meningitis C (MenC)

One injection
Around 13 months old

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

 

Pneumococcal (PCV)

One injection

 

One injection

3 Years 4 months

to 5 years old

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio (dTaP/IPV or DTaP/IPV)

 

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

One injection

 

One injection

13 to 18 years old Diphtheria, tetanus, polio (Td/IPV) One injection

 

While the practice is sympathetic to the views of a number of parents regarding some vaccinations and will endeavour to accommodate the wishes of parents as far as possible, it is the professional view of all doctors in the practice that the benefits of the recommended programme of immunisation and vaccinations for children far outweigh any potential risk.

 

Adult

 

Tetanus Boosters are recommended for all adults every ten years. Stocks are held in the surgery. If you require a tetanus booster, please make an appointment with the nurse.

 

From time to time situations may develop or new vaccinations become available that may make additional vaccinations desirable. Typically these will get media attention. We will endeavour to provide information for patients in the Notice Board and Medical News pages of this website under News, together with posters on the surgery noticeboard.

 

Influenza

 

Annual Influenza Vaccinations are recommended for many people at the start of winter. Clinics will commence late autumn each year, for those over 65 or with a recognised risk factor. Dates for these Clinics will be displayed in the surgery and on the web site Notice Board. Please contact reception to make an appointment at one of these clinics.

 

The practice will endeavour to contact all patients considered to be at risk. There will also be notices in the Surgery and on the Notice Board page of this web site. There will also be national press and media advertising.

 

 

Travel Immunisations/Vaccinations (please also see Travel Vaccine Questionnaire page on this website)

 

The Practice provides an excellent service for patients travelling abroad. This includes, but is not necessarily confined to, confirming and administering necessary or recommended travel vaccines, general advice, recommending and providing relevant private prescriptions for appropriate malarial chemoprophylaxis.

 

This work is predominantly carried out by our highly trained Practice Nurses who set aside time each day to organise and manage this increasing volume of work. Unfortunately the provision of this travel service under the terms and conditions of our work within the NHS is not recognised or renumerated.

 

The Practice has decided to continue to provide this valuable service but there will now be a standard fee payable of £25 (plus £5 each for any additional family members). This amount is to be payable at initial enquiry regarding travel requirements and will cover:

  • Advice, including print-out of recommended vaccines
  • Confirming and organising administration of all subsequent necessary vaccinations
  • Providing any necessary prescriptions, including private prescription for anti-malarials

It should be noted that, whilst many of the recommended vaccines are stored within the surgery, some vaccines will need to be obtained via a prescription dispensed at a pharmacy.

 

As a designated Yellow Fever centre we also provide Yellow fever vaccine. There is an additional charge payable (enquire at reception for cost) which covers the cost of buying, storing and administering Yellow fever vaccine and providing an official Yellow Fever Certificate.

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