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Immunisations and Vaccinations

Travel-Immunization

Childhood Immunisations

The practice provides a comprehensive immunisation programme. You will receive written reminders telling you when immunisations are due. It is the view of all clinicians at this practice that childhood immunisations are very important. Their benefits far outweigh any slight risk that may be involved. All staff administering vaccines have received specialist training and will be up to date with the latest national guidelines.

Adult Immunisations

Tetanus – Routine boosters are no longer required once you have had five vaccinations. You may need a booster for certain types of wound or if visiting certain countries.

Hepatitis B – People who work in certain jobs should be vaccinated against hepatitis B. The occupational health department where you work should be able to provide this service. If your organisation does not have such a facility we can provide this service, which must be paid for by your employer.

Influenza – The practice holds a session of flu clinics in the autumn every year. This annual vaccination is recommended for all aged 65 and over as well as people in at risk groups such as people diagnosed with lung disorders, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases. Flu vaccination is also recommended for those living in nursing and residential homes.

Pneumonia – Again this one-off vaccination is recommended for those aged 65 and over and those with certain chronic medical conditions.

Travel Vaccinations and Advice

The practice nurses are able to deal with most of your travel vaccine needs it is essential that you enquire at least eight weeks before you travel. You will be given a form to complete, on receipt of which nurse will advise you what precautions you need to take. Some travel vaccines are provided free as part of our contract with the NHS. You have to pay for others and the surgery will advise you of the cost. We are unable at present to vaccinate against yellow fever. The NHS Commissioning Board (tel: 023 8072 5600) will be able to provide you with details of who can provide this service.

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