Vaccination against Shingles (Zostavax)

From this year the Department of Health has recommended that patients aged 70 (and 79 during the catch-up period) should be vaccinated against Shingles.

The surgery will contact patients who are eligible for the shingles vaccine as identified by their date of birth.
Please make an appointment with the practice nurse, at your usual surgery, for a Shingles vaccination.

Information about Shingles

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.

What causes shingles?

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox – varicella zoster. When you recover from chickenpox most of the virus is destroyed but some survives and lies inactive in the body in the nervous system. It can then reactivate later in life when your immune system is weakened by increasing age, stress or treatments that reduce your immunity.

Who will get the vaccine?

Eligibility for the shingles programme is determined by the patient’s age on 1 September 2016. The following links provide up to date information : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/who-is-eligible-for-the-shingles-vaccine-beyond-2016

At your appointment the nurse will assess your general health and will give the vaccination as long as there are no medical reasons not to give it.

Flu Clinics 

We have finished our Flu Clinics for 2016, please contact your surgery for an appointment.

Who can have a flu vaccination?

  • Patients over 65 years of age
  • Those in receipt of Carers allowance or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • Pregnant ladies
  • Healthy Children aged 2, 3 & 4 (born between 1st September 2011 & 31stAugust 2014)
  • Patients with a weakened Immune system due to disease or treatment
  • Patients with one or more of the following conditions:
    • Heart Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Asthma
    • Chronic Renal Disease
    • Chronic Liver Disease
    • Immunosuppression
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Chronic Neurological Disease such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease or learning disability
    • Splenic dysfunctio

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

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.

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 pregnant women and elderly people.