Flu vaccination clinics are now available and we would encourage those eligible to book their appointment about as soon as possible in order to gain protection prior to the start the influenza risk season. The following patients are eligible this year;
All patients over the ages of 65
All children who are 2,3 or 4 years old as of September 1st 2014
All Children & adults in clinical risk groups: Chronic respiratory disease Chronic heart disease Chronic liver disease Chronic kidney disease Chronic neurological disease Diabetes Immunosuppression All pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy) and carers.
More information can be found on http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Shingles is a condition that is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. If you are among the 90% of adults raised in the UK that have had chickenpox you may be at risk of developing shingles.
In September 2013 the Department of Health introduced a national shingles immunisation programme for people
aged 70 and 79 to help protect against shingles and complications.
The Shingles vaccine is offered to those aged 70 and 79 years on 1 September 2013, until 31 August 2014
On September 1st 20014 the vaccine will be offered to those aged 70, 78 and 79 years on 1 September 2014, until 31 August 2015.