Seasonal Flu Vaccination
65 years old or under 65 years old with long term condition
This is a vaccination that is given every winter and protects you against Influenza. It is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. We recommend it as the illness can be very unpleasant, and most will make a full recovery, but it can last for a week or two.
Whooping Cough Vaccination
As part of your ante-natal care all pregnant women are now offered vaccination against whooping cough when they are 16-38 weeks pregnant. This is due to the sharp rise in the number of whooping cough cases in the UK. Please book a vaccination appointment with the nurse when you are between 16-38 weeks pregnant. Please click the below link for more information on Whopping cough.
Adults and MMR
16 years old and born after 1957 – Measles Mumps and Rubella
Since early 2016, cases of measles have been confirmed across London and the East of England, This programme was introduced in April 2013 to immunise patients over the age of 16 years who are not fully vaccinated. Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. The MMR vaccine also protects you against Mumps and Rubella (2 other conditions that can have serious complications and health issues)
18-25 year olds – Meningitis ACWY vaccination
If you are born between 18-25 years old, we highly recommend having the Meningitis ACWY vaccination which will protect you against 4 of the 12 strains of Meningitis. Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening infection. Most people will make a good recovery but at worst meningococcal disease causes very severe illness that can rapidly result in death.
The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It’s also known as the pneumonia vaccine.
Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumonia and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (a kind of blood poisoning) and meningitis.
At their worst, they can cause permanent brain damage, or even kill.
Who should have the pneumococcal vaccine?
A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. But some people are at higher risk of serious illness, so it’s recommended they’re given the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS.
- Adults aged 65 or over
- Children and adults with certain long-term health conditions, such as a serious heart or kidney condition
Shingles Vaccination -70- 78 years old
This is a vaccine that is given to patients aged between 70-78.
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to people in their 70s.
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection into the upper arm. Unlike the flu jab, you’ll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.
The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you do go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.
Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. Shingles is also fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.
It’s fine to have the shingles vaccine if you’ve already had shingles. The shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks.