If you are over 65 or at risk please contact the surgery to book an appointment for a flu vaccination. Getting flu is a miserable experience usually meaning days off work or days in bed. For some, flu can lead to serious complications. If you are at risk, now is the time to get your free vaccination form us.
Who is at risk? Flu can result in serious complications for older people, infants, pregnant women and people with some underlying health conditions. If you are in any of these categories, it is really important they get vaccinated. Remember that you must get the flu jab annually as strains of the virus change each year. Seasonal flu vaccine is given to millions of people in the UK each year. The specific strains of flu that are included may change from one year to the next but vaccines are still thoroughly tested and are safe. What is flu? Flu is a viral infection not the same as the common cold. Caused by a different group of viruses, symptoms are more severe and last longer, it results in a sudden high temperature, headache and general aches and pains, tiredness and a sore throat. You can also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a cough. What can I do to prevent it? The flu vaccine is the most effective way to stop getting flu. It is available from us and is free for: Pregnant women, Children aged 2 and 3 years old; People with certain health conditions; All people aged 65 and over and those that care for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill may also be eligible for a free flu vaccination. Outside of these groups you are likely to have to pay, although your employer may purchase NHS vouchers to enable you to get a free jab. Flu Vaccination for Children An annual nasal spray flu vaccine is available for all children aged 2 and 3 years. If you child's birth falls between 1 September 2014 and on or before 31 August 2016, please book their appointment at reception. Children who turn two after 31 August 2018 are not eligible. Children who were three on 31 August 2018 and turn four afterwards, are still eligible. All children aged four years and children of appropriate age for school years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be offered the nasal spray in a school-based programme. Further Information
The NHS Choices website contains lots of information: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx.
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.
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.
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.