if you are over 65, pregnant or have an underlying health condition (asthma or other chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, renal failure) or a weakened immune system, then we would strongly advise you to have the flu jab annually. Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop a potentially serious complication of flu, such as pneumonia, and thus can be protected on the NHS.
If you are not in one of these risk groups most large chemists offer an immunisation service for a fee over the winter period.
This protects against the bacteria pneumococcus which can cause pneumonia, meningitis, ear infections. Those aged over 65 and in the above risk groups should have this immunisation once in life (or 5 yearly in patients with kidney or splenic disease).
To be given to those who are aged exactly 70 or 79 years old. Guards against this painful illness.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
recommended to all pregnant women from 28wks of pregnancy. This will protect your new born from whooping cough. If contracted during the neonatal period or early infancy it can be fatal.
Tetanus is a serious but rare infection caused by bacteria. It usually occurs when a flesh wound becomes contaminated. Vaccination is the best way to prevent a tetanus infection. A complete course of tetanus vaccination consists of five doses.