Immunisations

Child Immunisation

It is essential for children to be fully immunised and we advise all parents to heed current recommendations. Our Practice Nurses hold immunisation sessions each month and a doctor is available for advice as required.

Invitations to attend are sent automatically.

Jules Healy and Alison Richardson run the immunisations clinics.

For information regarding immunisations and ages, please click here

Shingles Vaccination

Are you eligible for the Shingles Vaccination?

The shingles vaccine is currently available to people aged between 70 and 79. Eligibility changes every year as per Public Health England.

Once you have had a shingles vaccination, you are covered for LIFE.

You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.

If you are eligible you will receive a letter from the surgery requesting for you to book an appointment for the vaccination.

For more information, check out this website: shingles vaccination

Flu Immunisation

Immunisation against seasonal flu (the 'flu jab') is given every year to people at risk of developing serious complications from seasonal flu (influenza).

If you have the 'flu jab' you greatly reduce your chance of getting seasonal flu.

You should consider being immunised against seasonal flu if you are aged 65 or over or have certain diseases of the lung, heart, kidney, liver and nervous system.

Immunisation against swine flu also began in the autumn of 2009. Priority is being given to 'at risk' groups.

People who are not in the priority groups may be offered immunisation against swine flu at a later time.

For most people, seasonal flu is unpleasant but not serious and they recover within a week, however, certain people are at greater risk of developing serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These patients may require hospital treatment. A large number of elderly people die from seasonal flu every winter.

The seasonal flu vaccine is offered free of charge to these at-risk groups to protect them from catching flu and developing these complications.

It is recommended you have a flu jab if you are in of these high risk groups:

  • are 65 or over,
  • have a serious medical condition
  • live in a residential or nursing home,
  • are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill,
  • are a healthcare or social care professional directly involved in patient care, or
  • work with poultry

If you are in any of the high risk categories above, you will receive a letter, SMS or email from the surgery requesting for you to make an appointment for the vaccination.

If you cannot get to your surgery but are in the high risk category you can also go to your local pharmacy and receive the vaccination free of charge.

If you are the parent of a child (over six months) with a long-term condition, speak to your GP about the flu jab. Your child's condition may get worse if they catch flu.

If you are the carer of an elderly or disabled person, make sure they have had their flu jab.

Pneumococcal Immunisation

Pneumococcus can cause diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis and blood infections.

Children under two are offered the vaccine.

You should consider having the vaccine if you are over 65 years or have certain diseases of the lung, heart, kidney, liver and nervous system.