Shingles – if you are aged 70 and 78 years of age there is a vaccine that can reduce your risk of getting shingles or reduce the severity of its symptoms should you develop the disease. If some age groups missed it last then then people aged 71, 72 or 79 on 1st September 2015 remain eligible until their 80th birthday.
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Pertussis vaccine (whooping cough) for pregnant women – since 2010 there have been an increasing number of people getting the disease in this and other countries. Whooping cough is a serious disease that can lead to pneumonia and permanent brain damage. Many babies with whooping cough will be admitted to hospital and they are at risk of dying from the disease. In 2012 14 babies died in the UK from whooping cough and in 2013 through to 2014, 9 babies died of which 8 were to mothers not vaccinated in pregnancy. Vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough has been highly effective in protecting young infants from this potentially fatal disease. Babies born to women vaccinated at least a week before delivery had a 91% reduced risk of becoming ill with whooping cough in their first few weeks of life, compared to babies whose mothers had not been vaccinated.
The vaccination programme is recommended for pregnant women from 28 – 32 weeks of pregnancy, although the vaccine can be offered up to 38 weeks. Vaccinating pregnant women between 28 – 32 weeks of pregnancy will ensure that high levels of antibodies against whooping cough cross the placenta from the mother to protect the baby when it is born and until they receive their first immunisations at 8 weeks of age.
Please make an appointment with our Practice Nurse for this immunisation from 28 weeks of pregnancy or for more information go to www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/whooping-cough-vaccination-pregnant.aspx
Meningitis C booster for teenagers is changing to Meningitis ACWY conjugate vaccine due to a growing rise in Meningitis W cases since 2009. The highest carriage rates are in adolescents and young adults so the Joint Committee Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) recommends that all adolescents aged 14-18 are vaccinated and this in turn will reduce MenW carriage. This will largely be delivered through the schools programme. General Practice has been asked to deliver an urgent catch up campaign to all young people with a date of birth between 1.9.1996 – 31.8.1997. If you have not yet made an appointment please do so. We can also offer this vaccine to older first time university entrants up to 25 years – Click here
Pneumococcal infection is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae a common cause of pneumonia which can also lead to invasive disease including meningitis and septicaemia. This is a once only vaccination for patients aged over 65 and those aged 2 – 64 who are defined as at risk. Patients who do not have a spleen, splenic dysfunction or chronic renal disease will require boosters at five yearly intervals. – Click here