It is now considered for most circumstances that a total of five doses of the vaccine at appropriate intervals give satisfactory long-term protection. Therefore boosters are not required every ten years. If in doubt please speak to the practice nurse.
Pneumococcal disease is the term used to describe a range of illnesses such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. The pneumococcal vaccination is available for patients over the age of 65 and adults and children with any of the following conditions:-
those with no spleen or lowered immunity
Please check with the practice nurse that your child is up to date with the current vaccination schedule
NHS Health Checks
If you are aged between 40 and 74 you might be entitled to a free NHS Health Check done. This is a basic health check that can be done at the surgery by a member of the nursing team. However, if you are currently being monitored by your GP for any long-term condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart or kidney problems you will not need to have the check done.
If you do receive a letter, and are not already being monitored for something else it is important that you ring and book an appointment with a Health Care Assistant or nurse for a convenient time. You can expect to have basic information such as height, weight, blood pressure taken, a finger-prick blood test to confirm your cholesterol levels and be given advice and support around your diet and smoking, drinking and exercise habits.
All of this information will help us in the Practice, and other community health services, to determine where and what the greatest health needs of our population are so if you would like to have the check, please do make sure that you ring us for an appointment. Thank you.