Flu Vaccine 2020
You should have a flu vaccine if you: are 65 year or over: are pregnant: have certain medical conditions ( diabetes, chronic lung conditions, immunosupressed, have had a stroke): are living in a long-term residential home or another long-term facility: receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill: live with someone who's at high risk of coronovirus (on the NHS shielded list):
We are holding Saturday Clinics on: 19 September and 10 October at Mill Road
26 September at Cherry Hinton Branch Surgery
We also will offer you vaccination as and when you attend at the surgery for other reasons - and we have also created flu clinics during the working week. We ask patients to come forward now to book in for their vaccine - the receptionist will check your eligibility as flu stock has been calculated and ordered to cover those most at risk. You may also have your flu vaccine at any local pharmacy offering the service.
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you may book now.
Infant Paracetamol and fever following Vaccination
- Fever can be expected after any vaccination but is more common when the MenB vaccine (Bexsero) is given with the other routine vaccines at eight and sixteen weeks.
- In infants who do develop a fever after vaccination, the fever tends to peak around six hours after vaccination and is nearly always gone completely within two days.
- Ibuprofen can be used to treat a fever and other post-vaccination reactions. Prophylactic ibuprofen at the time of vaccination is not effective.
- Information about treating a fever in children is available from the NHS UK webpage “Fever in children” at www.nhs.uk/conditions/fever-in-children/
- If an infant still has a fever 48 hours after vaccination or if parents are concerned about their infant’s health at any time, they should seek advice from their GP or NHS 111.
- The diseases that the vaccines protect against are very serious and therefore vaccination should not be delayed because of concerns about post-vaccination fever.
We have also been made aware of concerns that parents will not know whether a fever in their infant following immunisation is due to their immunisations or to COVID-19. Indications to date suggest that COVID-19 causes mild disease in infants and children. As has always been recommended, any infant with fever after vaccination should be monitored and if parents are concerned about their infant’s health at any time, they should seek advice from their GP or NHS 111.
The same advice applies to teenagers who are due their routine adolescent immunisations. Teenagers are less likely to develop vaccine reactions such as fever and if they do, these are generally short lived and resolve quickly. COVID-19 is associated with a more prolonged course of illness with respiratory symptoms, especially cough, which would not be expected following vaccination. As with the infant primary immunisations, PHE are recommending that the routine adolescent immunisations should not be delayed.
Who can have a free shingles vaccination?
You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 and for those in the catch-up cohort , as you become78 or 79 years old. All eligible individuals retain eligibility to receive the shingles vaccine until they become 80 years of age. When eligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.
Some individuals who were eligible for the shingles (catch-up) vaccination programme may have turned 80 years during the pandemic and missed the opportunity to be vaccinated, either due to lockdown or because they were shielding at home and unable to attend the practice. This cohort of individuals can still be offered shingles vaccine unless contraindicated, up to the 31 December 2020. This temporary offer applies only to those who were eligible and who missed shingles vaccination because they were shielding and who turned 80 years of age during that period. It is only applicable to periods of time when lockdown or shielding was recommended.The shingles vaccination is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
This is a one off vaccination and reduces the chances of developing shingles, and even if you do develop shingles then the disease is likely to affect you less severely.
Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus and lies dormat after infection as a child. Later in life it can reactivate and cause shingles. why this happens is not completley known, but reaching an older age makes the virus much more likely to reactivate. Shingles and its complications can be difficult to manage. The treatment options vary from person to person depending on the area affected by the shingles. It is important to see your GP as soon as possible after the rash occurs, as some treatments work best when given early. Shingles can not be caught from someone with chickenpox, however, it is possible to catch chickenpox from someone with shingles.