Sax Quacks               Drs Havard, Evans, Hamblyn, Oates & Richards
Immunisations
Below are details on some of the immunisations you can receive at the surgery. However for a full list of the Department of Health’s immunisation schedule click here. Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations... You   are   entitled   to   a   free   NHS   flu   vaccination   if   you   fall   into   any   of   the   following   categories.   Please   note,   during   the   above sessions, we won't be vaccinating anyone who does not fall into one of the categories below: Over the age of 65 Diabetic Suffer   from   any   of   the   following   breathing   problems:   Asthma,   COPD,   Chronic   Bronchitis,   Emphysema,   Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis (N.B. Repeated chest infections do not automatically qualify) Suffer from kidney disease: Chronic renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, have had a kidney transplant Have   a   depressed   immune   system:   have   had   your   spleen   removed,   are   on   long   term   steroid   treatment,   have   HIV, are undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy, are on immunosuppressants Suffer from heart problems: Ischaemic heart disease / angina, previous heart attack, heart failure Have suffered a stroke Are currently pregnant Live in a long stay residential home (not including universities) Those   who   are   in   receipt   of   a   carer's   allowance,   or   those   who   are   the   main   carer,   or   the   carer   of   an   elderly   or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. Frontline health and social care workers. ------------------------------ Children’s Influenza vaccinations In   some   parts   of   the   country   all   primary   school-aged   children   and   secondary   school-aged   children   in   years   7   and   8   will   also be offered the vaccine as part of a pilot programme. Over   time,   as   the   programme   rolls   out,   potentially   all   children   between   the   ages   of   two   and   16   will   be   offered   vaccination against flu each year with the nasal spray. For more details of this vaccine, click here ------------------------------ Pneumococcal vaccination The   pneumococcal   vaccine   protects   against   serious   and   potentially   fatal   pneumococcal   infections.   It's   also   known   as   the "pneumo jab" or pneumonia vaccine A   pneumococcal   infection   can   affect   anyone.   However,   some   people   are   at   higher   risk   of   serious   illness   and   can   be   given the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS. These include: babies  adults aged 65 or over children and adults with certain long-term health conditions, such as a serious heart or kidney condition People   over   65   only   need   a   single   pneumococcal   vaccination,   which   will   protect   for   life.   It   is   not   given   annually   like   the   flu jab. People    with    a    long-term    health    condition    may    need    just    a    single    one-off    pneumococcal    vaccination    or    five-yearly vaccination, depending on their underlying health problem. ------------------------------ Shingles vaccination A   vaccine   to   prevent   shingles,   a   common,   painful   skin   disease   is   available   on   the   NHS   to   those   who   were   aged   70   or   78 years old on 1 September 2016. In   addition,   anyone   who   was   eligible   for   immunisation   in   the   previous   three   years   of   the   programme   but   missed   out   on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes: people aged 71, 72 and 73 on 1 September 2016 people aged 79 on 1 September 2016  The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS if you are aged 80 or over. The   shingles   vaccine   is   given   as   a   single   injection   and   unlike   the   flu   jab,   you'll   only   need   to   have   the   vaccination   once   and you can have it at any time of the year. The   shingles   vaccine   is   expected   to   reduce   your   risk   of   getting   shingles.   If   you   are   unlucky   enough   to   go   on   to   have   the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter. Shingles   can   be   very   painful   and   uncomfortable.   Some   people   are   left   with   pain   lasting   for   years   after   the   initial   rash   has healed. And shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it. It's   fine   to   have   the   shingles   vaccine   if   you've   already   had   shingles.   The   shingles   vaccine   works   very   well   in   people   who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks. ------------------------------ MMR Vaccinations Many   of   you   will   be   aware   that   there   has   been   an   outbreak   of   measles   in   England   and   Wales   in   recent   months.   Whilst there   have   only   been   1   or   2   cases   in   Suffolk,   we   are   keen   to   ensure   that   children   are   being   immunised   against   this unpleasant   disease.      There   is   a   small   cohort   of   children   aged   between   10   -   16   who   may   not   have   been   fully   immunised against   measles   mumps   and   rubella   as   a   result   of   the   now   discredited   scare   regarding   the   suggested   link   between   the immunisation and autism.   If   you   have   a   child   between   the   ages   of   10   -   16   you   believe   has   not   been   given   the   full   course   of   MMR   vaccination,   please contact   the   surgery   as   soon   as   possible   to   arrange   for   the   immunisation.      If   you   are   unsure   please   contact   the   surgery   to confirm whether you and your family are immunised. ------------------------------ Rotavirus vaccinations From    July    2013,    changes    to    the    national    immunisation    programme    will    see    the    introduction    into    the    childhood immunisation schedule of a vaccine to protect infants against Rotavirus. An   estimated   130,000   episodes   of   rotavirus   induced   gastroenteritis   occur   each   year   in   children   of   less   than   five   years   in England   and   Wales   and   approximately   12,700   of   these   children   are   hospitalised.   Although   deaths   from   rotavirus   in   the   UK are rare and are difficult to quantify accurately, there are likely to be approximately three to four each year. The   new   rotavirus   immunisation   programme   being   introduced   from   July   2013.   It   comprises   two   doses   of   rotavirus vaccination   given   to   infants   at   the   age   of   two   months   and   three   months   (that   is   two   doses   four   weeks   apart)   when   they attend for their first and second routine childhood immunisations.   If you feel you qualify for and would like any of these vaccines please contact the surgery.