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Flu, Shingles and Pneumococcal Information 2017-2018

Flu season is here !

If you are eligible please make an appointment at one of our bookable vaccination clinics.

 

For children and those who are less mobile, please call the surgery in October on 01243 388740 to make an appointment

The Department of Health recommends flu vaccinations annually and pneumococcal vaccinations as a 'once only' vaccine, for all people over 65 years of age by 31st March 2018. They also strongly recommend that people in the following risk groups have the vaccine regardless of age:

Heart Disease/Chronic Respiratory Disease/AsthmaDiabetes/Kidney Disease/Immunosuppressed/Carers/Splenic Dysfunction/Pregnant Women/Neurological Disease.

The 2017-18 influenza vaccine contains the following:

Influenza virus of the following strains

    •  A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
    •  A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus;
    •  B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

PLEASE INFORM STAFF IF YOU HAVE AN ALLERGY TO EGGS - some vaccinations may contain traces of egg such as ovalbumin and residues of neomycin and polymyxin.

Child Flu Vaccine

All those children aged two, three and four years (but not five years or older) on 31 August 2017 (i.e. date of birth on or after 1st September 2013 and on or before 31st August 2015) can have the vaccine through the NHS.

Shingles Update

The annual shingles immunisation programme started on 1st September 2017. If you are unsure whether you are eligible please click here and follow the shingles age calculator.



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