Immunisations & Vaccinations
The Flu vaccine is seasonal and only provides cover for the administered year. It thus has to repeated annually, and supplied to specific target groups. The pneumococcal vaccine is available all year round to target groups. It is very important to ensure the recommended full course of immunisations throughout childhood to ensure adequate protection against harmful infectious diseases. We can offer some Travel related vaccines but we are NOT a Yellow Fever approved centre.
Flu is Seasonal (September to March)
Flu and Pneumococcal vaccines are routinely given by the nurses, and those in the at risk category will be sent an invitation letter. They are provided to patients over 65 years, and those over 6 months of age with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, kidney/liver disease or cancer and if you are pregnant.
Pneumococcal is available all year
Pneumococcal vaccinations are available all-year round, and again offered to patients over 65 years and those with chronic diseases. The vaccine is available as a nasal spray for 2-3 year olds and children in reception class or school years 1,2,3 and 4 and at risk under 18 year olds.. If you are outside of these criteria, you may still be able to obtain a flu vaccine directly through your community pharmacist for a fee.
Many childhood diseases have been virtually eradicated in the UK due to the availability of vaccinations. It is thus very important that all children are fully immunised. The majority of vaccinations up to the age of 5 years are performed at the surgery following a reminder sent to the parents by the Health Board. Vaccines for Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, polio, Haemophilus, Rotavirus, Meningitis B&C and Pneumococcus are staggered at various times from 8 weeks to 4 years of age. Further vaccines for HPV in girls (12-13yrs) and the 3 in 1 booster with meningitis vaccine at 14 yrs to all, are usually administered at school. But can be accessed via GP surgery For a detailed schedule of recommended vaccinations please click HERE