Each year, we run a comprehensive campaign of Influenza Immunisations. We aim to complete as many patients as we can early in the campaign to give patients maximum protection. Starting at the end of September each year, we give approximately 3,000 injections.
The groups we target are:
It is generally advised, by the Department of Health that the 'worried well' do not need to receive annual Flu injections. However, many employers, including the health sector, do offer the injections to their staff. This work is not covered by the NHS.
At the same time as the 'Flu injections' we also offer Pneumococcal vaccinations to those at risk. For most people this is a single injection and is now offered routinely to everyone aged 65 years and above.
We offer Pneumococcal Immunisations to patients at risk. In particular, these are people aged 65 years or more or those with:
- Ischaemic Heart Disease
For most of these patients, a single injection is adequate. However, certain people do require boosters.
Travel Related Immunisations
We offer a comprehensive range of travel immunisations, including Yellow Fever. Please obtain a Travel Health letter from one of our surgeries or click here to download. Please ensure you bring all the relevant information to your appointment as requested in the letter.
Some vaccines are available on the NHS, several are not. For these a charge will be made, related to the cost of the vaccine and its administration. You will be informed of the charge before the injection is given.
For more unusual injections, we may need to order the vaccine. Advice from travel agents does vary and often plays down the need for immunisations. We suggest that patients travelling abroad seek professional advice early, at least 6 weeks before travel if possible, to ensure any necessary vaccines may be given in time. This is particularly important for long trips to several places, or for people planning trekking or other rough trip itineraries.
People sometimes get upset at the cost of non NHS vaccines, but in terms of cost of the overall holiday, it probably represents a small fraction of the total cost. Please remember it is your family and your own health you are protecting.