Seasonal Influenza – Flu
Individual who are over 65 years of age and with long term health conditions should receive annual flu vaccinations. The flu season is usually from September to March. The surgery have flu clinics throughout this period.
People over 65 only need a single pneumococcal vaccination, which will protect for life. It's not given annually like the flu jab.
People with a long-term health condition may need just a single one-off pneumococcal vaccination or five-yearly vaccination, depending on their underlying health problem
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to certain people in people in their 70s who were born after 1 September 1942 and people aged 79 years.
The MenACWY vaccine is given by a single injection and protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause Meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y.
School children - aged 13 to 14 (school year 9) are being offered the MenACWY vaccine in school as part of the routine adolescent schools programme.
Older teenagers - the MenACWY vaccine provides important protection, and all teenagers born between September 1 1998 and August 31 1999 are advised to arrange vaccination now with their GP.
In addition, anyone born on or after September 1 1996 who missed their routine school vaccination in school years 9 and 10 or the catch-up MenACWY vaccination can get the vaccine from their GP up to their 25th birthday.
University students - Students going to university or college for the first time, including overseas and mature students, who have not yet had the MenACWY vaccine remain eligible up to their 25th birthday.
Pregnant women can help protect their babies by getting vaccinated – ideally from 16 weeks up to 32 weeks pregnant. If for any reason you miss having the vaccine, you can still have it up until you go into labour.