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.
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.
MMR Catch-up campaign for 16 to 25 year olds
Currently there is a rise in measles cases in the local area. Measles can be prevented by having the MMR and around 95% of people have the vaccine by the time they are five years old. When large numbers of people have an MMR vaccination it also offers wide community protections called 'heard immunity'. This is very important to some members of our local community who due to their age or other health issues are not able to have the vaccination and are not protected against measles. Infection with measles may result in health complications, lasting disabilities and even death. The practice has written to all 16 to 25 year olds who have not had two MMR vaccinations inviting them to book an appointment to have the vaccination. If you have received a letter, please contact reception to book your appointment as soon as possible.