Vaccinations & Immunisations

Full details of the current programme of Adult and Child vaccinations can be found by following this link: NHS Choices.

This page contains information about changes to the national programme of immunisations and vaccinations.

Children - Meningitis B

This will be added to the child vaccination schedule programme from 1st September 2015. Further details will be added then.

Adults - Meningitis vaccination for 17 and 18 year olds

Please attend the surgery for your vaccine

This is a new vaccination programme for all 17 and 18 year olds born between 01 September 1996 and 31 August 1997.This vaccine protects against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y.

If you have received a text or letter from the practice, please phone us as soon as possible to arrange an appointment to have the vaccination

It is very important that you take up the vaccine. It is being offered in response to a rapidly growing increase in cases of a highly aggressive strain of meningococcal disease group W. This disease can cause meningitis and septicaemia that can kill in hours, and those who recover may be left severely disabled. The vaccine also protects against three other meningococcal groups too – A, C and Y.

Going to university?

If you’re planning to go to university, please make an appointment as soon as possible before leaving for university. You are at more risk of meningitis and septicaemia in the first weeks at university when you mix with lots of new people, some of whom may unknowingly carry the meningococcal bacteria, which is usually spread through prolonged close contact.

As the vaccine will also boost your protection against MenC, it replaces the “Freshers’” MenC programme which has been in place for the past year.

If you decide not to have the vaccination please let us know so we can enter this on your medical records.