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):
NEXT SATURDAY CLINIC: 12 December - Mill Road Surgery - Booking now.
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 be entiteled to a free flu vaccination from 1 DECEMBER. We are co-ordinating this next phase of flu clinics to ensure supplies of vaccine, you may also book an appointment with your local Pharmacy too from 1 December onwards.
Age UK Community Resource Information
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.