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Flu vaccination vaccination2& Shingle vaccination

The Department of Health recommends patients should have a vaccination against influenza if they are aged 65 years or over or have one of the following medical conditions;

• Diabetes

• Heart Problems

• Respiratory Problems (Asthmatics taking regular preventative medication)

• Kidney Problems

• Immunosuppressed

• Liver Disease

• Pregnant women

• Stroke & TIA (Transient ischaemic attack)

Carers are also eligible for flu vaccination please speak to a clinician.

The Surgery Flu date Saturday 2nd November 2013, between 8.30 -12.30. 

Shingles immunisation programme 2013/14

There’s now a vaccine to help protect you against shingles.  This year, for the first time, all people aged 70 on 1 September 2013 are being offered the shingles vaccine.  In addition, people aged 79 on 1 September 2013 are also being offered the vaccine in a catch-up programme.  So those born between 2 September 1933 - 1 September 1934 and those born between 2 September 1942 - 1 September 1943.

Most of us had chickenpox when we were young and some will not be aware that we’ve had it.  If we did have it, then the virus that caused it can stay in our bodies for the rest of our lives without our knowing it is there.  Sometimes, however, the virus reactivates when we’re older and causes a disease called shingles.  So shingles isn’t like other infectious diseases because you don’t catch it from someone else.

Shingles can be very painful and tends to affect people more commonly as they get older.  And the older you are, the worse it can be.  For some, the pain can last for many years.

Like most vaccinations, the vaccine will be given in your upper arm and can be given at the same time as other vaccines e.g. the flu jab.  You will only have the vaccination once – unlike the flu jab, you do not need to be re-vaccinated every year.

The Shingles Vaccine will be offered on the flu dates as stated above.

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