Patients should seek advice from their employer. Students requesting Hepatitis B immunisation for occupational purposes are advised to contact the occupational Health Department at the University where provision for any immunisation will be made.
GPs do not provide an occupational health service as part of their NHS responsibility.
A vaccination to protect against tetanus is given as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.
The full course of the tetanus vaccination consists of five doses. The first three doses are given during early childhood. This is followed by two booster doses. The first booster dose is given at around four years of age. The second one is given 10 years later. After the full course, you should have lifelong immunity against tetanus. However, if you or your child has a deep wound, it's best to get medical advice.
If you are not sure whether you've had the full course, for example because you were born in another country, contact your GP for advice.
Most students have already been immunised, but if not you can be immunised against meningococcal infection which can cause meningitis and septicaemia. This vaccine protects against one of the most common strains, but not all strains of the disease.
International students may not have been immunised and we can provide this service. If you require to have this done please call the Practice appointment line on 0141 531 9570 and ask for a routine appointment with our Practice Nurse. Please inform the receptionists that you wish to have the Meningitis C Vaccination so this can be included in the Practice Nurse’s appointment information.
For further advice please call the National Meningitis Trust on 0845 6000 800 Local, or Freephone the Meningitis Research Foundation on 080 8800 3344.
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.
This is also known as the pneumo jab, provides protection against pneumococcal infections.Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, which is sometimes referred to as the pneumococcus bacterium. There are many different strains (types) of the bacterium that can cause a number of conditions, including:
A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, some groups of people have a higher risk of the infection developing into a serious health condition. These include: