Groups Eligible for Seasonal Flu Vaccination:
Patients eligible to receive the seasonal flu vaccine for winter 2017/18 are:
- All people aged 65 years or over
- All those aged 6 months or over in a clinical risk groups
- All pregnant women
- All 2 and 3 year olds
- All children of school years 1 and 2 (delivered through a Schools programme)
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where there is a risk of high morbidity and mortality.
- All Carers
- Frontline health and social care workers (HCW) involved in patient care. (Employers must arrange)
Flu Vaccination - Who should have it and why?
DROP IN Saturday Flu Clinics For 2017
Saturday 16 September 2017 at Wilson Street Surgery 8.30am until 12noon
Saturday 23 September 2017 at Wilson Street Surgery 8.30am until 12noon
Saturday 30 September 2017 at Taddington Road Surgery 8.30am until 12noon
Groups Eligible for Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination:
Patients eligible to receive the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide vaccine are:
- All patients aged 65 and over who have not already been vaccinated
- All those aged 2 years to 64 years and suffer with a chronic disease.
To arrange your vaccination, please contact the surgery and make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
CHILDHOOD SEASONAL FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME
If your child is currently age 2 & 3 years please contact the surgery and ask for an appointment with the Practice Nurse for your child's flu vaccination.
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness, often lasting for several days.
The programme will be extended over a number of years to include all children aged 2 to 16 years inclusive.
Why should my child have the flu vaccine?
- The vaccine is given as a nasal spray and is easy to give and painless.
- The vaccine contains weakened flu viruses to prevent them from causing flu, but allows your child to build up immunity, so if they come into contact with someone with flu they are unlikely to get ill.
- Flu can be a nasty illness that can lead to a stay in hospital, especially for children with other medical conditions.
- If your child gets flu they won’t be able to go to school/nursery for several days and will need to be cared for at home, meaning you may need to take time off work.
- Protecting your child can stop the flu spreading to others, in particular to grandparents, who may be particularly at risk to flu.
Protecting your child against Flu
Further information/questions & answers can be found by clicking on the following link:
Please telephone the surgery to book an appointment with the practice nurse.
Studies show that Shingles affect many patients aged 70 and over. The severity can increase with age, can lead to hospitalisation and around 1 in every 1,000 cases is estimated to result in death for patients over 70. For 1 in 2 patients there will be an impact on sleep, daily activities and life enjoyment. Severe pain associated with Shingles can last for months or even years for some patients and this can be very difficult to manage.
By having the vaccination you will be significantly reducing your chances of developing Shingles.
Routine Shingles Vaccination programme
We are vaccinating patients who have not yet been vaccinated but reached the age of 70 on or after 1 September 2013.
Catch-Up Shingles Vaccination programme
We are vaccinating patients who are aged 78 years to 80 years and who have not previously had a Shingles vaccination.
To arrange your Shingles vaccination, please contact the Surgery and ask for an appointment with the Practice Nurse.