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Whooping Cough Vaccination Programme for Pregnant Women

Whooping cough is highly infectious and can cause potentially fatal health complications in babies and young infant. 

The whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination can be given from 20 weeks of pregnancy, ideally before 32 weeks, but it can still be given right up to the point of labour, but with reduced effectiveness. 

 Shingles Vaccination

From the 1st September 2016 shingles vaccine will be offered to  patients aged 70 years on 1st September 2016 and patients aged 78 years on 1st September 2016

In addition, patients who were eligible for immunisation in the first three years of the programme but have not been vaccinated against shingles remain eligible until their 80th birthday.  These cohorts are:  patients aged 71 to 73 on 1st September 2016 and patients aged 79 on 1st September 2016

*All patients who are eligible for the shingles vaccination will be invited by text message to contact the surgery to make an appointment.

think MEASLES - It's not just a kids' problem   

Teenagers, young adults and anyone who has missed their MMR vaccination can get measles. 

Symptoms such as:

High fever

Rash - sometimes starting around the ears

Sore red eyes

Cough

Aching and feeling unwell

Remember, if it could be measles - you need to be in an area where you cannot pass the infection to vulnerable patients such as the immunocompromised and pregnant women.  if you have any of the symptoms, please ring the surgery before attending and you will be signposted to a special seating area. 

For more information go to www.nhs.uk/vaccinations      Helping to protect everyone, at every age.

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