Flu Vaccination (nasal spray for children)
Influenza is a nasty disease that puts fit people in bed for 10 days and can kill the elderly or infirm; the 1918/19 epidemic killed more people than the whole of the First World War! Many people get the common cold and say they have had "flu" but once you have had the real influenza you will know the difference!
The flu vaccination is given annually. It is designed to protect against whatever is thought to be the most prevalent strain of the disease in a given year, so whilst it offers a great deal of protection, we cannot guarantee you won't be unlucky enough to catch another strain.
Every autumn we run Flu Clinics offering free flu vaccination for patients over 65 years and others with an illness that puts them more at risk (see below). We publicise the dates of the flu vaccination clinics (generally two Saturday mornings and one Thursday afternoon in the early autumn) on this website and in the surgery and encourage at risk patients to attend. Others are welcome to have the vaccine, but we aim to do the 'at risk' groups first.
Patients eligible for NHS flu jab
People: over 65, or aged 2 - 5 years old
- asthma, diabetes, heart, lung, kidney or liver disease
- history of stroke/transient ischaemic attack, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's or Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
- weak immune system, no spleen/splenic dysfunction, HIV or cancer
and those who are:
- taking high doses of steroids or having radio- or chemo- therapy
- the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be at risk if you fall ill
- health or social care professionals directly involved with patient care
We also vaccinate against pneumococcal pneumonia. It can occur at any time, although is more common over the winter months especially in smokers. As with flu, it can put a fit person in hospital and kill people who are elderly or infirm. The vaccine is a single injection that gives life-long protection. We recommend it to the same 'at risk' groups as for flu vaccine.
Meningitis B vaccination
A new factsheet is available: Questions about the Meningitis B vaccination Feb16.pdf
Sister Alison Frater
The practice offers and encourages a full range of vaccines. (see the Your Health tab below (then click child age group) for the current national immunisation schedule.) These routine immunisations are offered at our regular Tuesday clinics. If someone other than your child's parent/legal guardian brings your child for his/her vaccination, please note that we require written consent.