Vaccinations – Influenza, Pneumococcal, Shingles & Whooping Cough during pregnancy
For information regarding this years Influenza Vaccination Programme please see the link below
All adults Over 65 years of age, persons greater than 2 years of age with chronic lung or heart disorder, diabetes, chronic liver disease, alcoholism, spinal fluid leaks, cardiomyopathy, chronic bronchitis, emphysema (COPD), spleen dysfunction (sickle cell disease), leukaemia, multiple myeloma, kidney failure, organ transplantation, immunosuppressive conditions including HIV.
If you are eligible to receive this vaccination please book an appointment in our weekend combined flu/pneumococcal/shingles clinc OR ring the appointments line to book a routine appointment with one of the nurses.
There is now a vaccination available to protect you from shingles.
Why is shingles vaccination needed?
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. There is now a vaccine that can reduce your risk of getting shingles or reduce the severity of its symptoms should you develop the disease.
How do you catch shingles?
You don’t catch shingles - Chickenpox virus caught earlier in your life reactivates later to cause shingles. You can’t catch shingles from someone who has chickenpox, however, if you have shingles blisters, the virus in the fluid can infect someone who has not had chickenpox and they may develop chickenpox.
Where is the vaccination given and will I need one every year? Like most vaccinations, the vaccine will be given in your upper arm. You will only have the vaccination once – unlike the flu jab, you do not need to be re-vaccinated every year.
Are there people who shouldn’t have the vaccination?
People who have weakened immune systems, for example due to cancer treatment, should not have the vaccine. Your doctor will advise whether this applies to you. Also, if you’ve had a severe reaction to any of the substances that go into the vaccine, you shouldn’t have it.
How to I book an appointment for the shingles vaccination?
If you fit the age eligibility criteria, as identified above, phone the surgery or ask one of the receptionists to book you into one of our weekend flu/pneumococcal/shingles clinics to have your shingles vaccination. The receptionists will check your date of birth before booking you into the clinic.
Whooping cough vaccine for pregnant ladies Why should pregnant women have the whooping cough vaccine? Getting vaccinated while you’re pregnant may help to protect your baby from developing whooping cough in his or her first few weeks of life. The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass to your baby through the placenta. Babies are not vaccinated against whooping cough until they are two months old.
Can I have the whooping cough vaccine at the same time as the flu jab? Yes, you can have the whooping cough vaccine when you get the flu vaccine, but do not delay your seasonal flu jab so that you can have both at the same time. Pregnant women are at risk of severe illness from flu at any stage of pregnancy. All pregnant ladies who are between 20 weeks to 38 weeks of pregnancy are being advised to have the Whooping Cough containing vaccine.
How do I get the Whooping Cough containing vaccine?
Please contact the surgery by phone to book an appointment with Christine, Jennie, Eve or Michelle to have this vaccine.