Seasonal Influenza vaccinations 2017 - 2018
The priority groups advised to have an annual flu vaccination this year include:
Patients over 65 years of age
Patients under 65 who have a significant underlying illness
Front line medical staff
Household contacts of immuno-compromised individuals
Children from preschool to year 4
We shall write to all our at risk patients. If you are not in one of these groups we shall be unable to vaccinate you as we do not hold enough vaccine stock for every patient. This year we expect to vaccinate over 500 patients and it is highly recommended you have the vaccination if you are in an `at risk' group.
Childhood Influenza Program 2017 - 2018
Year groups aged 2-3 on September 1st (corresponding to school year groups) will be invited to have FLUENZ, the nasally administered influenza vaccine for children. Older children in years reception to year 4 will be invited to have vaccinations as part of the school flu campaign this year.
MMR catch up programme
We have a number of under 18 year old patients who have missed the MMR vaccination as a result of past worries over the vaccine. We have written to all patients in this group offering a catch up vaccination.
We believe it is safe and effective and recommend you have the vaccination if you haven't already had it. This is especially the case for 6th formers who are contemplating going to University as the incidence of measles and mumps is rising due to the number of unvaccinated students.
All teenagers who have recently left school (year 13) will be invited to have this vaccine against a particular strain of meningitis that is becoming more common (Men W). We shall write to all teenagers in this group in August to offer the vaccination.
This is available for patients who on September 1st are aged 70 - 79. We shall write to all eligible patients in the autumn. We are supplied with limited stocks of this vaccine and are unable to vaccinate patients outside this group.
HPV vaccination (Human papilloma virus)
HPV is associated with the development of abnormalities of the cervix which can lead to cancer. About 70% of cancers are related to 2 types of this virus which may be prevented by vaccination. The school immunisation programme offers to vaccinate all 12 year old girls and is co-ordinated by Barnet NHS. If you have missed out on this we can to arrange to vaccinate you at the surgery. Please contact the practice nurse to discuss whether you are eligible for this service.
The vaccination program consists of 3 doses of the vaccine over 7 months and is highly recommended.
We offer the full range of childhood vaccinations according to the recommended UK programme. New mothers are usually supplied with all the relevant information for this with the red book which each child is given at birth.