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Flu Vaccination season winter 2014-2015

Vaccination is advised for patients 'at risk'. If you are unsure if you fall into the ‘at risk’ category please call the surgery for advice. Please see below for a list of these conditions.

Flu Vaccination for Children

The new programme offers flu vaccination to children age 2 & 3 (at 1st Sept 2014) this year, though will probably be extended to older children next year. Eventually all children age 2-17 will be offered the vaccination.

Shingles Vaccination

This started in October 2013

 This will be offered annually to 70 yr olds. This year a catch-up programme continues and is for 79 yr olds (ages as at 1st Sept 2014). We started giving these vaccinations in the Flu Clinic and they are now available.

Flu Clinic

Will be held, as usual, as an enjoyable walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinic session from 9.00 - 12.00 Saturday 4th October in the Old School Hall. (Please note this is always only for patients registered with our practice.)

Patients not entitled to free vaccination who would like to be vaccinated should contact GP Care who can direct them to their nearest clinic. For more information, or to book an appointment, please call GP Care on 0117 970 8983 or alternatively email them at info@gpcare.org.uk and they will contact you.

For information, the 'at risk' groups we recommend receive vaccination are:

Over 65 

Diabetes, Asthma (using oral steroids or a steroid inhaler), Stroke, Chronic Lung, Heart, Liver or Kidney disease. Patients taking immunosuppressive drugs, including chemotherapy and sole main Carers of vulnerable patients are also eligible.

In addition Pregnant patients are advised to be vaccinated against flu and have a Pertussis (whooping cough) booster.

 Travellers to some parts of the world ie Africa are also advised to be vaccinated.

Some other categories of disease are also eligible- if in doubt please ask.

There is no charge for this.

Most of these patients (excluding asthmatics & Carers) are also recommended to have Pneumonia vaccination - for the vast majority of patients this is a single vaccination ie no boosters needed. 

General Flu Information 

• Flu is caused by a number of different types of influenza viruses.

• The incubation period is typically 1-4 days

 • Infected adults are usually contagious from the day before to 5 days after illness onset. Children are typically contagious for 7 days (although sometimes longer)

• Fever usually declines after 2 - 3 days and normally disappears by the 6th day.

• Cough, weakness and fatigue can persist for 1-2 weeks (and up to 6 weeks.)

• Antibiotics do not benefit most people with influenza but are sometimes needed to treat secondary infections.  

•Home Treatment  – There is little scientific evidence for most symptomatic and self-help treatment, but experience suggests that some of the following may help, and are unlikely to cause harm.

• Treatment of fever, myalgias (muscle pains) and headache with paracetamol or ibuprofen

• Rest

• Drink plenty of fluids

• Avoid smoking (including anyone in the house)

• Consider: short course of topical decongestants (check with pharmacist if on medication), throat lozenges, saline nose drops.

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Child Immunisation Clinic

Due to the number of different vaccines used we prefer to carry out all childhood vaccinations in dedicated time slots on Thursdays. Appointments are usually sent by post. If this presents particular problems for you please speak to a member of staff.

Mid-teen booster vaccinations can be performed at any time.

Child Immunisation Schedule

This has recently changed. There is now no Meningitis C booster for infants, but Rotavirus has been added.

Immunisations given at 2,3 & 4 months includes Pneumonia, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio, Hib and Meningitis C and Rotavirus. There are now immunisations  at 1 year to account for the relevant boosters (ie Pneumonia, Meningitis C & Hib), in addition to the usual MMR.

The pre-school booster, which includes MMR, is usually carried out from age 3½ yrs. For children age 3 & 4 the booster will include a Hib/Meningitis C vaccination.

Teens

The mid teen booster of Dip/Tet/Polio will also now include Meningitis C. 

HPV Vaccination

There is now a vaccination programme for teenage girls to immunise against HP Virus which associates with increased risk of cancer of the cervix. This involves 3 injections over 6 months. Most of these are done in schools though are available through the surgery for those who have left school or miss a dose. If in doubt please ask for details.

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