Pneumococcal vaccine

If you are 65 or over, or have a long term health condition you will be invited for the pneumococcal vaccine to help protect you from serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. These infections can lead to pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis. In some cases, pneumococcal infections can lead to permanent brain damage and death.

The pneumococcal vaccine is a single vaccine providing lifetime cover, however if you have an underlying health condition, you may need one every 5 years. The vaccine is inactive therefore it cannot cause the disease it protects against.
Protect yourself and re-assure your loved ones. Speak with your GP practice about having your vaccine today.

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Shingles

Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It is caused by the reawakening of the chickenpox virus. Roughly 1 in 4 people who have had chickenpox will go on to develop shingles.

People tend to get shingles more often as they get older and the older you are, the worse it can be. If you are aged 70 or 78 years old you are eligible for the shingles vaccine. Additionally, those eligible within the last 3 years can also get the vaccine up until their 80th birthday.

Symptoms of shingles include pain, followed by a rash which looks similar to chickenpox. This rash will develop into itchy blisters and after a few days, these blisters will turn into scabs. Pain can vary from mild to severe and may be experienced as a dull, constant or as a burning sensation.

Shingles normally lasts around two to four weeks and usually affects a specific area on just one side of the body. For more information, visit the NHS choices page.

If you are eligible for the vaccine or aged between 70-80 years of age and are unsure, please contact your GP practice. Remember, the shingles rash can be extremely painful, some sufferers can’t even bear the feeling of their clothes touching the affected skin.

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Flu vaccine

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

  • Are 65 years of age or over
  • Are pregnant
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care 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
  • Are a front-line health and social care worker
  • Are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)

Always seek your GP’s advice regarding your eligibility for the Flu jab.

Read more about who should have the flu vaccine visit the NHS choices page.