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Welcome to the Practice


Flu vaccination appointments available from the 1st September 2017

Please do not telephone the surgery before the 1st September as the receptionists are unable to book your appointment at this time!

Winter Flu Campaign 2017


When are the flu clinics being held?



Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. 

Drop-in flu clinics will be held  on Saturday’s.  If you are unable to attend at these times we can make alternative arrangements at a later date.


Child flu Vaccination appointments to be held in the October clinics due to vaccine delivery dates.


 Flu Campaign 2017

All about flu and how to stop getting it


NHS Public Health England - Who should have it and why leaflet please click here

Please click here to download the 2017 Practice Information leaflet 

Easy read version for people with learning disabilities  click here


NHS Public Health England - Who should have it and why leaflet please click here

Please click here to download the 2017 Practice Information leaflet 

Easy read version for people with learning disabilities  click here

What is flu?

Influenza or flu is a viral infection that usually strikes between December and March. It can affect people of all ages.

The first signs are a headache, sore throat and a runny nose, aching muscles, fever and shivering. Flu makes you feel completely exhausted and this extreme fatigue may last for two to three weeks.

You can catch flu by inhaling the virus or by handling items touched by an infected person. The symptoms start to develop one to four days later.


Why should I be concerned about flu?

Most people who get the flu recover after a week or two, but some develop life-threatening complications such as pneumonia, nerve or brain damage. You are more likely to be at risk from the complications of flu if you are in one of the 'at risk' groups and your body is already weakened.


How do I avoid getting flu?

The best way to avoid getting flu is to have a flu jab during the Autumn - usually between October and November - each year. The Flu vaccination is free of charge for people in the 'at risk' groups. 

You need to have a jab each year to maintain your immunity, as the flu virus is always changing. The jab will not stop you getting coughs and colds, but can protect you against the latest strains of flu.

You may have a temporary slight soreness at the injection site. A few people get a slight fever, but this is short-lived.

As the vaccine is made in chickens’ eggs, you should not have a flu jab if you are allergic to eggs, chicken protein or if you have had a previous allergic reaction to a flu jab. A Flu vaccination does not cause flu.


Flu vaccination is especially important if:

You are aged 65 or older - Death from influenza is most common in the over 65s - you are more likely to have severe flu and be admitted to hospital than younger patients.


You have had a stroke or TIA (mini stroke) - There is evidence that receiving the annual flu vaccine reduces the risk of a stroke in patients with a history of stroke or TIA.


You have reduced immunity - If you are receiving chemotherapy or steroid treatment; have no spleen; or if you have HIV/AIDS, your immune system is already considerably weakened. Flu will further reduce your capacity to fight infection.


You are the main Carer for an elderly or disabled person - You should receive the flu vaccine if their welfare is at risk if you fall ill.


You have diabetes - The death rate among people with diabetes can increase by between 5% and 15% when there is a lot of flu about.


You have chronic heart disease - People with flu may experience changes or abnormalities in the rhythm of their heartbeat, which indicates there is a problem with the heart muscles. Studies have indicated that people with heart disease are less likely to have a heart attack if they have a flu jab.


You have chronic kidney disease - Flu can cause dehydration which can worsen your kidney problems.


You have chronic liver disease - You may be more susceptible to catching flu and more likely to develop complications or worsening of your liver disease.


You have chronic lung disease - Flu can bring on asthma attacks and will make chronic bronchitis much worse. If you get flu, a secondary infection like pneumonia can set in. If you go on to develop pneumonia, the risk of developing further complications would be higher.


If you fall into any of these 'at risk' categories, please contact the Surgery to make an appointment for a Flu Vaccination.   


Why should my child have the flu vaccine?

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. This can last several days or more.

Some children can get a very high fever, sometimes without the usual flu symptoms, and may need to go to hospital for treatment. Serious complications of flu include a painful ear infection, acute bronchitis, and pneumonia.

For more information please click here


Shingles Vaccination 2017

Shortage of Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine


There is a current shortage of the PPV23 vaccine which is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. There is only one licensed vaccine available and although the company are expecting more stock deliveries during October, the volume anticipated is unlikely to be sufficient to vaccinate the whole 65 year old cohort this winter.


The vaccine covers the 23 most common serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) that are responsible for a range of diseases including meningitis, septicaemia and pneumonia.


Pneumococcal infection occurs in the extremes of age with the highest incidence in infants and the elderly, particularly those over the age of 75 years.


For those at high risk, it is important to ensure that other preventive measures, including influenza vaccination, are implemented ,We will flag such patients so that they can be called for vaccine once the stock situation improves. There are no major concerns about deferring vaccination in over 65 year olds for several months or until next year.


There is no shortage of the PCV13 vaccine used in infants and toddlers but this vaccine is not suitable for protection of older people.


What is shingles?

Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is caused by the reactivation of an infection of a nerve and the area of skin that it serves, resulting in clusters of painful, itchy, fluid-filled blisters. These blisters can burst and turn into sores that eventually crust over and heal. These blisters usually affect an area on one side of the body, most commonly the chest but sometimes also the head, face and eye.

Who will get the vaccine?

All people who turn 70 or 78 years of age on or after 1 April 2017 are eligible for the vaccine.

The vaccine is also available for those previously eligible but who missed immunisation. For example, anyone in their 70s who was born after 1 September 1942 and has not yet had the vaccine plus anyone aged 79 years who has missed out on the vaccine.

What about people who aren’t 70 or 78, will they be getting it?

People under 70 years of age are at lower risk of shingles but will become eligible for the vaccine in the year following their seventieth birthday.

People aged 80 years and over are not eligible for the shingles vaccination because the vaccine becomes less effective as people get older. If you are worried about shingles speak to your GP.


Eligibility for the shingles vaccine:

AGE: The age you will be on the 1st September 2016


Dates of Birth


Are You eligible Yes/No


On or after 2 September 1946



Between 2nd September 1945 and 1st September 1946

Yes √


Between 2nd September 1944 and 1 September 1945

Yes √


Between 2nd September 1943 and 1st September 1944

Yes √

74 to 77

Between 2nd September 1939 and 1st September 1942

No  X


Between 2nd September 1937 and 1st September 1938

Yes √


Between 2nd September 1936 and 1st September 1937

Yes √

80 or over

Born on or before 1st September 1936

No  X


You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.


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Pneumococcal Vaccinations

The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It's also known as the "pneumo jab" or pneumonia vaccine.

Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (a kind of blood poisoning) and meningitis. At their worst, they can cause permanent brain damage, or even kill.

Who should have the pneumococcal vaccine?

A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, some people are at higher risk of serious illness and can be given the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS. These include:

  • babies 
  • adults aged 65 or over
  • children and adults with certain long-term health conditions, such as a serious heart or kidney condition

How often is the pneumococcal vaccine given?

Babies receive the pneumococcal vaccine as three separate injections, at 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year old.

People over 65 only need a single pneumococcal vaccination, which will protect for life. It is not given annually like the flu jab.

People with a long-term health condition may need just a single one-off pneumococcal vaccination or five-yearly vaccination, depending on their underlying health problem.

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