THIS YEAR THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT FLU VACCINATIONS. PATIENTS NEED TO BE GIVEN THE CORRECT VACCINE FOR THEIR AGE GROUP
WE HAVE A LIMITED SUPPLY OF VACCINES STILL AVAILABLE. PLEASE NOTE FLU IS NOW ON THE INCREASE. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET HAD YOUR VACCINATION PLEASE CONTACT US TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
Influenza or ‘flu’ is a respiratory illness associated with infection by influenza virus. Symptoms frequently include headache, fever, cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints.
For most people influenza infection is just a nasty experience, but for some it can lead to more serious illnesses. The most common complications of influenza are bronchitis and secondary bacterial pneumonia. These illnesses may require treatment in hospital and can be life threatening especially in the elderly, asthmatics and those in poor health.
Flu vaccinations are only available between September and March each year.
Influenza immunisation is recommended for patients with any of the following:
Flu vaccine is also recommended for:
Children aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the a nasal spray vaccine
If you are pregnant, you are advised to have a flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you’ve reached. There is strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.
The flu vaccine:
Pneumococcal vaccinations are available throughout the year to all eligible patients.
Pneumococcal disease, including septicaemia, pneumonia and meningitis particularly affects the very young, the elderly, those with an absent or non-functioning spleen and with impaired immunity.
Pneumococcal vaccinations are available throughout the year.
Pneumococcal immunisation is recommended for patients with any of the following:
Most adults only require one Pneumococcal immunisation in their lifetime.
You can have this injection at the same time as your flu vaccination.
Shingles vaccinations are available throughout the year to all eligible patients.
Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. Shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is now available.
The vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.
Patients are currently eligible for the shingles vaccine from their 70th birthday.
Anyone who was eligible for immunisation previously remains eligible for the vaccination until their 80th birthday. This includes people in their 70s who were born after 1 September 1942 and people aged 79 years.
You only need to have this vaccination once.
You can have a shingles vaccination at the same time as having a flu or Pneumonia vaccination.
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many find it convenient to have it at the same time as their flu vaccination.