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Routine Vaccinations

Many routine vaccinations are available for free with the National Health Service. However, you may not fall into the "high risk" category. If this is the case, and you would still like to have the vaccination, we can help. We also are able to source a number of vaccinations not yet available to the NHS.

Vaccinating A Child

Vaccinations in the UK

The NHS offer routine immunisations to protect us against various illnesses including measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, tuberculosis and much more.

You can choose to have these vaccinations done at your NHS clinic for free. If you would like to have them sooner, or maybe would like to have a vaccination not yet offered to you through the NHS, we can help.

Please see below for just a few examples of the routine vaccinations we can offer.

 

Meningitis ACWY

The MenACWY vaccine helps to protect against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by the A, C, W & Y groups of the meningococcal bacteria. This vaccination is routinely offered to school pupils around 14 years of age. You may also require this vaccination if you are coming from other parts of the UK to university in Scotland, or if you are moving here to study from abroad.

Meningitis B

The MenB vaccine helps to protect against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by the group of meningococcal bacteria B. The MenB vaccine is provided to babies in three doses before they are a year old. Similarly to MenACWY, if you have not been vaccinated you can choose to have this vaccine to protect you from the B strain of Meningitis.

Polio (IPV)

This vaccine is part of a five dose course that provides long-term protection against tetanus, diphtheria and polio. These are all provided on the NHS and are given to children as a baby right up until 13-18 years of age.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

The MMR vaccine is given in two doses and helps protect your baby against measles, mumps and rubella. This vaccination is usually given between 12-13 months and then again at 3 years and 4 months old. If your child hasn't been immunised against these diseases, these immunisations can be given at any time.

Influenza (Flu Vaccination)

The flu vaccine protects us from contracting the flu and is provided each year on the NHS to some eligible patients and people aged 65 years or older. You can also choose to have this vaccination done privately if you are not eligible on the NHS.

HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

The HPV vaccination has been offered to girls in Scotland from 12 years old since 2008 but will be provided for boys from 2020. This is because evidence has shown that the HPV vaccine protects both males and females from HPV-related cancers. If you are not of school age and would like this vaccination, you may be able to have this done privately.

Shingles

Shingles is an infection of the nerve and skin around it and can be very painful. The vaccination is now routinely offered in Scotland as a single injection to people over the age of 70 through the NHS. If you are younger but feel you may be at risk of shingles and want to be vaccinated sooner, you can have this done at a Vaila clinic.

Pneumococcal

This vaccination offers some protection from meningitis caused by pneumococcal bacteria and other conditions such as severe ear infections. It is provided by the NHS to people over the age of 65, or with any of a range of serious medical conditions. However, again this can be provided privately if required.

Rotavirus

This vaccine protects your baby against rotavirus, a virus that affects the gut, causing severe vomiting and diarrhoea in babies and young children. The vaccination is given in two injections, 4 weeks apart.