Vaccinations / Immunisations

Vaccinations / Immunisations

Childhood Flu Vaccine is recommended for all Children aged 2 and 3 years old (please consult our website to find the dates of birth included in this year’s campaign.)  The vaccine is given by Nasal Spray rather than an injection and is given between September and March each year.  Please see our website for further details.

Here’s a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them.

2 months:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children) given as a 5-in-1 single jab known as DTaP/IPV/Hib
  • Pneumococcal infection
  • Rotavirus (from 1 July 2013)
  • Men B (from 1 September 2015)

3 months:

  • 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Meningitis C
  • Rotavirus – 2nd dose

4 months:

  • 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Pneumococcal infection, second dose
  • Men B – 2nd dose

Between 12 and 13 months:

  • Meningitis C, second dose
  • Hib, fourth dose (Hib/MenC given as a single jab)
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
  • Pneumococcal infection, third dose
  • Men B – 3rd dose

2, 3 and 4 years plus school years 1 and 2:

  • Childhood flu vaccine

3 years and 4 months, or soon after:

  • MMR second jab
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DtaP/IPV), given as a 4-in-1 pre-school booster

Around 12-13 years – girls:

  • Cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer (girls only): three jabs given within six months

Around 13-18 years:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (Td/IPV), given as a single jab
  • Men ACWY

Changes to the Childhood Immunisation Programme – from September 2015

The National Immunisation Programme has changed:

Meningitis B will be offered to all children as part of the childhood immunisation programme. See above for details.

MMR Catch-Up Campaign

In line with National recommendations, the Practice is currently running a MMR Catch-Up Campaign to increase MMR uptake in children and teenagers.

The aim of the programme is to prevent measles outbreaks by vaccinating as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 10-16 year-olds as possible in time for the next school year.

New figures published by Public Health England (PHE) show high numbers of confirmed measles cases in England in the first 3 months of 2013, reaching 587 by end of March, following a record annual high of almost 2,000 cases in 2012. This is despite the highest ever national MMRvaccination level being achieved in England, with 94% of 5 year olds receiving 1 dose and 90% receiving 2 doses, according to latest PHE data.

Experts believe the rise in measles cases can be mostly attributed to the proportion of unprotected 10-16 year-olds who missed out on vaccination in the late 1990s and early 2000s when concern around the discredited link between autism and the vaccine was widespread. At this time measles had been eliminated in the UK, but coverage fell nationally to less than 80% in 2005, with even lower uptake in some parts of the country. After many years of low vaccination uptake, measles became re-established in 2007.

If you are unsure about whether your child has received 2 doses of MMR vaccine please contact us so that we can check their records.

Flu Vaccination is offered free of charge to all susceptible patients and is usually given during September – November.  

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of 65 years and those who suffer from the following conditions:

  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Heart
  • Kidney Problems
  • Liver problems
  • Asthmatics
  • Those with neurological problems
  • Those whose immune system is supressed

If you are elderly and infirm we can arrange for you to have this done at home.

Pneumonia vaccination is recommended for anyone in the following ‘at risk’ group:

  • COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema – NOT Asthmatics
  • Chronic Heart Disease
  • Chronic Renal Disease, including chronic renal failure and renal transplantation
  • Chronic Liver Disease including cirrhosis
  • Diabetes requiring insulin or oral treatment – NOT diet controlled
  • Immunosuppression, including splenic dysfunction, those undergoing chemotherapy, those on sytemic steroids equivalent to a dose of prednisolone 20mg or more
  • Those who have cochlear implants
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen including those with celiac disease that may lead to splenic dysfunction
  • Children under the age of 5 years who have previously had invasive pneumococcal disease

For the majority of people Pneumonia Vaccination only needs to be given ONCE for lifelong cover. It can be given at the same time as the Flu Injection – please make an appointment with the Receptionist. If you would like more information speak to the GP or Practice Nurse.

Shingles vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 70 years old.  Each year there is a catch-up programme for those aged 78 and 79 years old.  It is given as a single injection and unlike the flu injection you will only need to have the shingles vaccine once.

Shingles is a common, painful skin disease.  The vaccine is expected to reduce the risk of getting shingles.  If you are unlucky enough to develop shingles in the future, the symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.

Shingles vaccine will be offered as part of the NHS vaccination programme to anyone aged 70 78 or 79 years old. This means this year you will be eligible for the vaccine if your date of birth is between 2/9/1943 and 1/9/1944 or 2/1/1934 and 1/9/1936.

The Practice provides a comprehensive worldwide travel immunisation and advice service.  Advice on which immunisations you require can be obtained from the Practice Nurse.  We have most travel vaccinations in stock and most are provided free of charge.  Please allow at least 8 weeks before you are due to travel

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccine for Pregnant Women

It is recommended that, for the time being, all pregnant women should get vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis) when they are 28-38 weeks pregnant. This is a new recommendation, as there has been a sharp rise in the number of whooping cough cases in the UK.

The vaccine can usually be given by the Practice Nurse when you attend for a routine appointment with the Midwife – please contact the receptionist to confirm. Alternatively you can make an appointment with the Practice Nurse at a time convenient to you.