Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?
Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk
Who is at risk?
- If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
- If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
- If you have chronic heart disease
- If you have chronic renal disease
- If you are diabetic
- If you have a weak immune system
- If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
- If you have a chronic liver disease
- If you are a carer
For more information visit Flu vaccine - NHS
Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?
Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Some patients under 65 should also have the pneumococcal vaccination. If you are unsure whether or not you need to have a pneumococcal vaccination, please contact the practice.
For more information visit Pneumococcal vaccine - NHS
Shingles is a condition which starts with a painful rash, but could cause ongoing pain which lasts for years. Shingles is fatal for 1 in 1000 over 70s who develop it. The shingles vaccine is offered to patients in their 70s (aged 70-79). You only need to have it once (for some patients this will be 2 doses 1 month apart). If you are in your 70s and have not had a shingles vaccine please contact the practice to arrange an appointment.
You should have a shingles vaccine even if you have suffered from shingles in the past.
For more information visit Shingles vaccine - NHS
Vaccinations are given to babies and children starting from the age of 8 weeks. The practice will contact you to arrange appointments for vaccinations given at the practice. Once your child starts school their vaccinations will be offered by the school nurses. If your child has missed any vaccines, please contact the practice.
To see the current vaccination schedule visit NHS vaccinations and when to have them
Catch up vaccination services
There are some routine immunisations which you may have missed, which are offered as part of catch up programmes. These are:
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations for patients ages 5 years and over. If you are not sure if you have already had an MMR vaccine, it is safe to have it again. 2 doses are required 1 month apart.
- HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccinations are normally given in school in year 8. If you are aged under 24, were offered it at school, and have missed it, please contact the practice to see if you can have it at the practice.
- Men ACWY (meningitis A, C, W and Y) vaccination is offered in year 9. If you are under 25, were offered the vaccine at school, and have missed it, please contact the practice to see if you can have it at the practice.
Vaccination in pregnancy
Pregnant women should have the annual flu vaccine and a whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine. These will usually be offered to you at your antenatal appointments, however we are able to provide these at the practice if need be.
Some other vaccines are not safe to have during pregnancy. If you are having any other vaccinations please ensure the clinician is aware you are pregnant.
For more information visit Vaccinations in pregnancy - NHS