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.

For more information visit the NHS page.

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 79 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 70-79 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.

For more information visit the NHS page

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.

In the autumn/winter of 2021/22, the following adults are eligible to receive a free flu jab:

  • Those aged six months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 50 years and over
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Frontline health and social care workers

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