"The two public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world’s health are clean water and vaccines." The World Health Organisation
Each year we try to offer every one of our patients in an at risk group a flu vaccination. For those elderly, housebound patients our nurses do home visits to make sure they get the same protection.
More detailed information can be found here, but essentially, you are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
The routine childhood vaccinations are now delivered in-house at Grassendale. We have taken on additional nursing staff in order to be able to offer this service which was previously carried out at local Children's Centres. The clinics are on Tuesday mornings, and appointmnents will be sent out to you at the appropriate time by the Liverpool Community Health Child Services department. Please note this is not a general "baby clinic" and we are only set up to administer the vaccinations at these appointments.
The pneumococcal vaccine (or 'pneumo jab' or pneumonia vaccine as it's also known) protects against pneumococcal infections.
A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone but some people are at higher risk of serious illness and are therefore eligible for NHS pneumococcal vaccination. These include:
Babies receive the pneumococcal vaccine as three separate injections, at 2 months, 4 months and 12-13 months.
People over-65 only need a single pneumococcal vaccination, which will protect for life. It is 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.
Anyone aged 70 can have the shingles vaccine on the NHS. You become eligible for the vaccine from the first day of September after your 70th birthday for the following year.
From September 1 2015, the shingles vaccine will be offered routinely to people aged 70 and, as a catch up, to those aged 78. You become eligible for the vaccine on the first day of September 2015 after you've turned 70 or 78 and remain so until the last day of August 2016. In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the first two years of the programme but has not yet been vaccinated against shingles remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes: people aged 71 and 72 on 1 September 2015; people aged 79
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
If you are planning an exotic trip, the holiday of a lifetime or perhaps somewhere spectacular for your honeymoon, our Practice Nurses can advise you if you will need any additional vaccinations to ensure your safety abroad.
Bear in mind that some vaccinations need several weeks to produce the necessary response from your immune system, so make sure you come in at least 2 months before you travel.
Not all vaccinations are available free on the NHS, even if they're recommended for travel to a certain area. More information can be found on the NHS Choices website.