Flu Vaccinations 2015 and other Vaccinations Update - are you eligible......
Friday 18th September 2015
Posted by: pembroke
The Department of Health recommends that the following people be vaccinated each year to protect them against flu:
Ø People aged 65 years and over
Ø Adults and children who have one or more of the following conditions including, Asthma, COPD, Recurrent Pleurisy or Pneumonia, Diabetes, Heart or Kidney disease or lowered immunity due to disease or treatment
Ø People living in Residential or Nursing homes
Ø People with chronic liver disease
Ø People who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
If you are eligible for a flu vaccination our flu clinics will be held at St. Pauls Church Hall, Torquay Road, Paignton on Saturday 3rd October and Saturday 17th October 09:00-12:00 No appointment necessary.
The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.
How do you get the vaccine?
GP practices will automatically send letters inviting 17-and 18-year-olds in school year 13 to have the Men ACWY vaccine.
Students going to university or college for the first time as freshers, including overseas and mature students up to the age of 25, should contact their GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of the academic year.
Younger teenagers (school year 9 or 10) will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine in school as part of the routine adolescent schools programme alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster, and as a direct replacement for the Men C vaccination
A new vaccine to prevent meningitis is being offered to babies as part of the routine NHS childhood vaccination programme.
The Men B vaccine is recommended for babies aged 2 months, followed by a second dose at 4 months, and a booster at 12 months.
There is also a temporary catch-up programme for babies who are due their 3- and 4-month vaccinations in September 2015, to protect them when they are most at risk from infection.
The Men B vaccine will protect your baby against infection by meningococcal group B bacteria, which are responsible for more than 90% of meningococcal infections in young children.
Meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal group B bacteria can affect people of any age, but is most common in babies and young children.
It's not always possible to prevent shingles, but a vaccine called Zostavax can reduce your chances of developing the condition.
If you still develop shingles after having this vaccine, the condition may be milder and last for a shorter time than usual.
Who can have the shingles vaccination?
From September 1 2015 the shingles vaccine is routinely available to people aged 70 and 78. You become eligible for the vaccine on the first day of September 2015 after you've turned 70 or 78 and remain so until the last day of August 2016.
In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the first two years of the programme but has not yet been vaccinated against shingles remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes:
- people aged 71 and 72 on 1 September 2015
- people aged 79
If you wish to have the shingles vaccine and you are not eligible for the NHS vaccination programme, you will usually need to visit a private clinic. Private vaccination is likely to cost £100-200.
Children's flu vaccine
In the autumn/winter of 2015/16 the annual nasal spray flu vaccine will be available for children aged two, three and four years old plus children in school years one and two as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.
The vaccine will be offered routinely to all children aged two, three and four on August 31 2015. That is, children with a date of birth on or after September 1 2010 and on or before August 31 2013.
In addition, children in school years one and two will be offered flu vaccination