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Flu Vaccination

 

 

The Practice is currently offering Flu Vaccination to anyone in the at risk groups:

 

Those aged Over 65 years of age

 

Those who suffer from:

 

  • Chronic Respiratory Disease (Asthma or COPD)
  •  Heart Disease 
  • Kidney Disease 
  • Chronic Liver Disease 
  • Chronic Neurological Disease ( including Stroke, TIA, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy)
  • Learning Disabilities 
  • Diabetes 
  • Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • Pregnant Women 
  • People living in long stay residential or care homes 
  • Carers
  • Obesity - BMI over 40

If you would like to have a Flu Vaccination please contact the receptionist to make an appointment

 


Flu Vaccination for Children

 

 

Flu Vaccine is recommended for all Children aged 2 and 3 old.  The vaccine is given by Nasal Spray rather than an injection.  For more information click here

 

 

Pneumonia Vaccination

 

Pneumonia Vaccination is recommended for anyone in the following at risk groups

 

Anyone aged Over 65 years of age

 

Those who suffer from:

 

  • COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema – NOT Asthmatics
  • Chronic Heart Disease
  • Chronic Renal Disease, including chronic renal failure and renal transplantation
  • Chronic Liver Disease including cirrhosis
  • Diabetes requiring insulin or oral treatment – NOT diet controlled
  • Immunosupression, including splenic dysfunction, those undergoing chemotherapy, those on systemic steroids equivalent to a dose of prednisolone 20mg or more
  • Those who have cochlear implants
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen including those with celiac disease that may lead to splenic dysfunction
  • Children under the age of 5 years who have previously had invasive pneumococcal disease

For the majority of people Pneumonia Vaccination only needs to be given ONCE for lifelong cover.  It can be given at the same time as the Flu Injection - please make an appointment with the receptionist or if you would like more information speak to your GP or Practice Nurse

 

 

 

Shingles Vaccination

 

This year anyone aged 70, 71, 72, 73 or 79 on 1 September 2016 will be eligible for a Shingles vaccination.

 

The shingles vaccine will be given as a single injection and unlike the flu injection you will only need to have the shingles vaccine once.

 

Shingles is a common, painful skin disease.  The vaccine is expected to reduce the risk of getting shingles.  If you are unlucky enough to develop shingles in the future, the symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.

 

90% of adults raised in the UK have had chickenpox.  After chickenpox, the virus stays inside our body and can recur as shingles later in life.  Even those people who had a mild case of chickenpox as a child, or didn’t have any obvious symptoms may still be at risk of developing shingles.

 

Although not everyone develops shingles, as we get older our immune system weakens which increases the chance of getting shingles.  Unfortunately shingles in older people tends to be more severe than in younger people. This is why the Department of Health have introduced a recommendation that the shingles vaccine be routinely offered to people aged 70 years.  They also introduced a catch-up programme, which for this year means that those aged 78 and 79 years old will be eligible.  

 

For more information see the NHS Choices website

 


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