Cricket Green Medical Practice

75-79 Miles Road, Mitcham


Clinical Commissioning Group

Vaccinations – flu, pneumococcal, shingles & whooping cough for pregnant ladies

Seasonal flu vaccinations 2016-2017

We will receive receive our first batch of seasonal flu vaccinations during September 2016.

We will run weekly combined flu/pneumococcal/shingles/whooping cough clinics from september 2016.

If you are in one of the following at-risk groups and eligible for a free flu vaccination please phone the surgery to book an appointment.

Alternatively, if you have signed up for on-line access please book your appointment this way.

Seasonal flu vaccinations are currently offered free of charge to the following at-risk groups:

• people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2014)
• all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
• people with a chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
• chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
• chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5
• chronic liver disease
• chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
• Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes
• a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
• people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
(This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, or university halls of residence)
• people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose
welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

People wishing to have a seasonal flu vaccination, who do not meet the above eligibility criteria, are able to get vaccinated at one of the many pharmacies and supermarkets, who offer this service.

Pneumococcal vaccination

All adults Over 65 years of age, persons greater than 2 years of age with chronic lung or heart disorder, diabetes, chronic liver disease, alcoholism, spinal fluid leaks, cardiomyopathy, chronic bronchitis, emphysema (COPD), spleen dysfunction (sickle cell disease), leukaemia, multiple myeloma, kidney failure, organ transplanation, immunosupressive conditions including HIV.

If you are eligible to receive this vaccination please book an appointment in our weekly combined flu/pneumococcal/shingles/whooping cough clinics OR ask during your next doctor or nurse appointment.

Shingles vaccination

• There is now a vaccination available to protect you from shingles.
• For the year, 2015, NHS England has issued guidance that the shingles vaccination available for people born on or between 2/9/1942 & 1/9/1945, 2/9/1935 & 1/9/1937.
• Why is shingles vaccination needed?
• Most of us had chickenpox when we were young and some will not be aware that we’ve had it.
• If we did have it, then the virus that caused it can stay in our bodies for the rest of our lives without our knowing it is there.
• Sometimes, however, the virus reactivates when we’re older and causes a disease called shingles.
• So shingles isn’t like other infectious diseases because you don’t catch it from someone else.
• Shingles can be very painful and tends to affect people more commonly as they get older.
• And the older you are, the worse it can be. For some, the pain can last for many years.
• There is now a vaccine that can reduce your risk of getting shingles or reduce the severity of its symptoms should you
develop the disease.

How do you catch shingles? – You don’t catch shingles.
• Chickenpox virus caught earlier in your life reactivates later to cause shingles.
• You can’t catch shingles from someone who has chickenpox.
• However, if you have shingles blisters, the virus in the fluid can infect someone who has not had chickenpox and they may
develop chickenpox.

Where is the vaccination given and will I need one every year?
• Like most vaccinations, the vaccine will be given in your upper arm.
• You will only have the vaccination once – unlike the flu jab, you do not need to be re-vaccinated every year.

Are there people who shouldn’t have the vaccination?
• People who have weakened immune systems, for example due to cancer treatment, should not have the vaccine.
• Your doctor will advise whether this applies to you.
• Also, if you’ve had a severe reaction to any of the substances that go into the vaccine, you shouldn’t have it.

How to I book an appointment for the shingles vaccination ?
• If you fit the age eligibility criteria, as identified above, phone the surgery or ask one of the receptionists to book you into one of our many combined
flu/pneumococcal/shingles/whooping cough clinics to have your shingles vaccination.
• The receptionists will check your date of birth before booking you into the clinic.

Whooping cough vaccine for pregnant ladies
Why should pregnant women have the whooping cough vaccine?
• Getting vaccinated while you’re pregnant may help to protect your baby from developing whooping cough in his or her first few weeks of life.
• The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass to your baby through the placenta.
• Babies are not vaccinated against whooping cough until they are two months old.
Can I have the whooping cough vaccine at the same time as the flu jab?
• Yes, you can have the whooping cough vaccine when you get the flu vaccine, but do not delay your seasonal flu jab so that you can have both at the same time.
• Pregnant women are at risk of severe illness from flu at any stage of pregnancy.
When do I get vaccinated?
• All pregnant ladies who are between 20 weeks to 38 weeks of pregnancy are being advised to have the Whooping Cough containing vaccine.

How do I get the Whooping Cough containing vaccine?

• Please contact the surgery by phone to book an appointment to have this vaccine in one of our combined flu/pneumococcal/shingles/whooping cough clinics.