The Flu Vaccination Programme
Flu is a highly infectious illness that can spread rapidly from person to person. Because it is a virus, antibiotics cannot treat it and it can lead to complications in vulnerable individuals. Therefore, it is very important to protect yourself against flu by simply having the vaccination.
During September 2018 you will be asked to ring reception to book your appointment for a flu vaccination if you have any of the following or you usually have the vaccination.
- All patients aged 65 and over
- Any patients with chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney or liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease
- Diabetes type 1 and type 2
- Pregnant Women
- Persons in long stay care homes or other long stay care facilities
- Health and Social Care Workers
Last year Children aged 2,3 and 4 were offered a nasal flu vaccine as part of a UK wide comprehensive vaccination programme.
The Shingles Vaccination Programme
The purpose of the Shingles vaccination programme is to reduce the incidence and severity of shingles disease in older people. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.
Shingles is a common disease that can cause long-lasting severe pain. It can cause permanent disability, and it occurs more frequently in those over 70 years old, who are also more likely to have worse symptoms.
This routine universal Shingles vaccination programme is available all year round and if you are eligible you will receive a letter from the Tardis Surgery to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.