Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week. Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
During the autumn we run an Influenza Prevention Clinic. The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as patients suffering from heart, chest or kidney disease, diabetes and any other chronic diseases. It is also recommended for pregnant women, the elderly and for residents of nursing and rest homes. Please contact reception staff in late September for details of the dates of our clinics.
For more information, please see the Flu Vaccinations page.
All adults should ensure that they have had a Tetanus and Polio Booster every ten years. We can offer the full range of travel immunisations. Please make an appointment with our Practice Nurse at least eight weeks before your travel date. A charge is payable for some travel vaccinations.
Many childhood diseases have been virtually eradicated in the UK due to the availability of vaccination. It is very important that all children are fully immunised. The GP, Practice Nurse or Health Visitor are always available to discuss any worries you may have about your child’s vaccinations.
|2 months||1st Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hib|
1st Meningococcal B (Men B)
|3 months||2nd Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hib|
1st Meningococcal C (Men C)
|4 months||3rd Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hib|
2nd Men B
|1 yr old||Hib/Men C booster|
1st MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
3rd Men B
|3 yrs 4 months||Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis & Polio booster|
2nd MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
|around 14 yrs old||Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio booster|
The Meningococcal B was introduced Summer 2015, for babies born on or after 1 July 2015.
1st Men B is given when they attend for their first and third routine childhood immunisations, at the age of 2 months and again at four months old.
A further booster should then be offered at 12-13 months of age together with current routine immunisations around 1 year old