This practice follows the national policy for childhood immunisation. Further information can be found on the NHS Immunisation Schedule website.
There have been confirmed cases of measles in Surrey so it is important to be vaccinated against Measles.
The MMR (Measles, mumps and Rubella) vaccination can help protect against Measles (as well as Mumps and Rubella). Find out more about the MMR vaccine.
Going to a festival, concert or group holiday and up to 25 years of age? Starting university? Young people aged 18-25 are particularly at risk from meningococcal disease as they often come into contact with many new people in confined environments such as pubs and clubs, festivals and university halls. You can help stop teh spread by checking with your GP if you have had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.
Students starting university for the first time are particularly at risk if unvaccinated. They need their two doses of MMR to protect them against measles, mumps and rubella. We have seen outbreaks of measles and mumps in halls of residence. They also need their MenACWY vaccine and a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.
If you were born on or after 1 September 1996 and eligible but missed your teenage MenACWY vaccine you can still have the vaccine up to your 25th birthday. If you are older and starting university for the first time, you can still have the vaccine up to your 25th birthday. If you are still at school you should talk to your school provider otherwise you will need to make an appointment with your GP practice.
All adults should ensure that they have had a total of five doses of tetanus vaccine in their life and they have had a full course of polio in the past. If in doubt, please check with the receptionist and we can check your records.
Protection against tetanus and polio should be kept up to date. A full primary course with a booster at 15 years of age should be followed by at least two boosters at 10 year intervals to protect throughout life. If you have a tetanus prone injury 10years after your last tetanus vaccine you will need a booster dose and an urgent appointment should be made with the nurse for this.
Annual protection against influenza is offered to patients aged 65 and over and those at high risk, e.g with chronic heart, chest and breathing disorders, and diabetes.
The pneumococcal vaccination helps prevent pneumococcal pneumonia (not all causes of pneumonia). This is a one off vaccination recommended for patients aged over 65, pts who have no spleen, splenic dysfunction, immunosuppressed patients, diabetic patients or those who suffer from chrnoic bronchitis, heart disease or chronic kidney disease.
Meningitis ACWY can be offerred to students up to 25years old, who are entering university for the first time and, have not already received a dose of Meningitis ACWY after their 10th birthday. This should ideally be given at least 2 weeks before attending university to ensure timely protection. If you fulfil this criteria and would like to be vaccinated please request an appointment with our Practice Nurse.
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