While influenza can theoretically strike at any time, it tends be be a seasonal phenomenon. The NHS runs a seasonal campaign from 1st September to 31st March annually, although the actual vaccines normally become available in October. An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes and residents of nursing or rest homes. It is also highly recommended for all children, although it is only the very young (two to three years old) that are administered by the GP Practice. The rest are generally administered at school.
All of these vaccinations are provided free by the NHS. All patients over the age of 65 should also have the flu vaccination each year. Please contact our reception staff for details of the vaccination dates and to make an appointment. If you are unable to attend the surgery, a home visit will be arranged to undertake this facility.
If you have had chickenpox during your lifetime , and most of us has even if we can’t remember it, you are at risk of developing shingles at some point in your life. The NHS provides a vaccine against this, which is especially recommended for older patients. Further information is available on the Shingles Aware website.