Vaccinations

General Information

The Practice Nurses give babies and older children their routine injections, the former in conjunction with Dr Moir (our Child Protection Lead) and the Health Visitors who run the Child Health Surveillance clinic. The Practice Nurses also give adults their Tetanus boosters, they run a clinic each October for Influenza vaccination and all year round they give advice and any necessary vaccinations for travel abroad, such as Typhoid and Hepatitis.

 

Travel Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an important part of preparing to go travelling. In order to make sure you are appropriately covered in time, please download and print off the form below and bring it to us so that we know which vaccinations you will require prior to leaving the country.

If you are considering travelling abroad then please visit the following website where you can find out more about the vaccines you will need prior to travelling and when you will need to receive them.

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/travel/vaccines_index.shtml

Travel Questionnaire

 

Childhood Vaccinations

Please go to the following website where you can make a planner that will tell you what vaccinations your baby or child should be having and when.

http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/vaccinations/Pages/Vaccinationchecklist.aspx

 

Influenza

Information about the flu vaccine can be found on the following websites:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Flu-jab/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002025.htm

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Fluandthefluvaccine.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Flu-myths.aspx

Please telephone the surgery to find out when you can receive the injection at one of our sites.

 

Yellow Fever

This is a potentially fatal viral infection which is carried by mosquitoes in tropical regions, particularly Africa and South America. Mild cases can be similar to the flu, serious cases can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure and meningitis.

The vaccination will begin to protect you 10 days after the injection. This is a single injection which should be repeated every 10 years. More information about the vaccination and Yellow Fever itself can be found at the following websites:

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/travel/diseases/yellowfever.htm

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/yellow-fever-immunisation

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Yellow-fever/Pages/Prevention.aspx

 

Chickenpox

Currently, the chickenpox vaccination is not offered routinely on the NHS. However, please feel free to read more about this at

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1032.aspx?categoryid=62&subcategoryid=63

 

Shingles

This is a condition that is seen in those who have previously had chicken pox. The chicken pox virus remains in the body, dormant; should the virus re-activate then the subsequent condition is termed ‘Shingles’. Why the virus reactivates is not entirely understood, it tends to occur more frequently in those over 50, causing a painful rash on one side of the body.

Long term problems associated with Shingles are infrequent, however they can be serious. Some people experience chronic pain in the area where they had their Shingles rash, Shingles around the eye can cause vision problems and you may also get some skin infections or hearing loss (this is rare).

You may be eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70, 78 or 79. 

Further information can also be found at:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx

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