Immunisations Save Lives
Babies and Children
It is very important that all babies and children are fully immunised to protect them from potentially serious diseases.
The full vaccine schedule for children can be found on the Public Health Wales website http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/59487
Parents with worries or queries about any aspect of their child’s immunisations are more than welcome to make an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses to discuss things further.
Since August 2015 teenagers and new university students have been offered the MenACWY vaccine to improve protection against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning). The MenACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – Meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases. The MenACWY vaccine is offered routinely to all young people around 13/14 years of age (school year 9) through the schools based programme.
The MenACWY vaccine should also be given to all individuals under 25 years of age who are planning to attend university for the first time or those in their first academic year at university if they have not already received the vaccine. Ideally the vaccine should be administered at least two weeks prior to starting university.
All girls aged 12 to 13 are offered HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The vaccine protects against cervical cancer. It’s usually given to girls in year 8 in school. The HPV vaccine is delivered largely through secondary schools, and consists of two injections into the upper arm within a 6-24 month period.
If your child misses either of these vaccines in school, we can vaccinate them in the Practice and they are eligible to receive the vaccine up to the age of 25.
Adults also benefit from immunisation. Some people will need immunisations to protect their health in work or if travelling. We offer a full range of travel vaccinations in the Practice including Yellow Fever. As these are non-NHS services, there is an additional charge for these vaccines. Please contact the Practice for further information.
At 65 years of age and over:
* Flu (every year)
* Pneumococcal vaccine (PPV)
Pneumococcal infections, at their worst, can cause permanent severe brain damage, or even kill. They tend to be most serious in children, older people and people with certain long-term health conditions. That’s why these groups are offered a pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS. It’s a simple and safe vaccine that can prevent pneumococcal infections.
Pneumococcal infections are usually one of the following types:
* non-invasive pneumococcal infections – these occur outside the major organs and tend to be less serious, such as otitis media (a middle ear infection)
* invasive pneumococcal infections – these occur inside a major organ or in the blood and tend to be more serious, for example, meningitis (an infection of the brain)
At 70 years of age:
* Shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine
In 2013 Wales introduced a shingles vaccine for older people. This offers a free shingles vaccine for those aged 70 years to protect against herpes zoster as part of a national immunisation programme. There is also a catch up for those age 77, 78 and 79 years of age. If you are not sure if you are eligible for a shingles vaccine then put your date of birth into this eligibility checker http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/59608 or call the Practice.
Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It usually causes a painful rash of fluid‑filled blisters. The blisters burst and turn into sores. The rash usually affects an area on just one side of the body, most commonly the chest but sometimes the head, face and eye. Every year, tens of thousands of people will get shingles across England and Wales. It is most common in people aged 70 and over and this is the reason the national immunisation programme was developed. The shingles vaccination will reduce your risk of developing shingled by more than a third and if you did develop the infection it will probably be a much shorter and milder illness.