Fluenz – Children’s (nasal) flu vaccination
Over time, as the programme rolls out, all children between the ages of two and 16 will be vaccinated against flu each year with the nasal spray.
This vaccination is given annually every October and November. It is recommended for the over 65s and anyone with other illnesses such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, heart disease, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis as they are more likely to develop secondary infections. From September onwards do look out for information from Reception on how to obtain your vaccination.
If you are ‘At Risk', over 65yrs, pregnant or a carer, please telephone the surgery to arrange an appointment for your FREE FLU JAB whilst stocks last.
If you were aged 70 or 79 on 01/09/2013 you can have a vaccine to reduce your risk of getting shingles – a common, painful skin rash. You only need a single vaccine to cover you for life.
This vaccine is available all year round and is recommended for all over 65’s and those with long term health conditions. Please speak to the practice nurse to see if you are eligible.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Babies are not routinely vaccinated against whooping cough until they are two months old. Pregnant women can help protect their babies by getting vaccinated against whooping cough ( Pertussis) when they are 28 – 38 weeks pregnant. Please make an appointment with one of our practice nurses when you are 28 weeks pregnant.
MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
Measles, mumps and rubella are very common, highly infectious, conditions that can have serious, potentially fatal, complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.
They can also lead to complications in pregnancy that affect the unborn baby and can lead to miscarriage. Anyone can get measles if they haven't been vaccinated or had it before, although it's most common in children aged between one and four years old.
If your child has not had 2 MMR vaccines or if you are planning a pregnancy and you are not sure if you are fully protected; please speak to the practice nurse about the MMR vaccine.
Immunisation prepares your child's body to fight disease. It is important for everyone to keep up his or her immunity. This protects your child and family and the wider community. Research shows that vaccines are the safest way of protecting your child's health.
Ask your Health Visitor for further information.
Childhood Immunisation Schedule