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Health vaccinations work by stimulating our immune systems to produce antibodies, thus developing ‘active immunity’ to a number of illnesses and diseases.

We are able to offer vaccinations that are not routinely available on the NHS or are restricted to specific age groups including:

Meningitis B

For protection against meningococcal group B disease which causes meningitis and septicaemia. Meningitis B is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis for children under 5 in the UK. The Men B vaccine is available on the NHS to babies born on or after 1st July 2015.   Suitable for age 2 months and over.

Meningitis B vaccination dosing schedule
Age at start of course Primary course Interval between doses Booster
Meningitis B vaccination dosing schedule
2-5 months 3 Not less than 1 month 12-23 months of age
6-11 months 2 Not less than 2 months 24-36 months of age
12-23 months 2 Not less than 2 months 12-23 months after first dose
2-10 years 2 2 months apart N/A
11 years+ 2 1 month apart N/A

Influenza (flu)

Each year the influenza vaccine is manufactured to protect against the seasonal strain of flu as recommended by the World Health Organisation. The influenza vaccine protects adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. The flu vaccination is suitable for patients aged 6 months and over. For children under 9 who are having a flu vaccination for the first time, they will require two doses four weeks apart.

The 2020/21 Flu Programme will see many changes due to COVID.  The current NHS Flu Programme will be expanded to initially include:

  • all school children up to year 7
  • people on the shielded list and those who live in their household
  • pregnant women
  • those with pre-existing conditions
  • those at risk under 2 years

Once the NHS Flu Programme is underway those aged 50-64 will also be invited for vaccination.

As you can see this will be a very comprehensive NHS Flu Vaccination Programme and as a result we anticipate a shortfall in the number of vaccines DOCTORNOW will have available to us, especially for the over 65 population. This was our primary reason for starting a Flu waiting list back in August.  With this in mind we would advise those who are able to obtain the flu vaccine from their NHS GP to do so.   It is vitally important that with the current COVID situation that everyone is protected against Flu this year in order to protect the most vulnerable and prevent a surge in hospital admissions.

Due to the COVID Pandemic and the NHS Flu Programme we will have limited vaccines in 2020/21.  If you are interested in a Flu Vaccination with us, please contact the surgery.

Chickenpox (Varicella zoster virus)

The chickenpox vaccine protects against the varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox. It is given as two separate injections with the second dose being administered four to eight weeks after the first dose. This is a live vaccine and is not offered on the NHS.   This vaccine is suitable for patients aged one year and over. If a patient has been exposed to chickenpox, the vaccination can still be given up to 5 days after the exposure as this can be effective in reducing the severity of the presentation of the chickenpox virus.

Meningitis ACWY

The Meningitis ACWY vaccine is effective in protecting against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis, including the highly virulent Men W strain. Older teenagers and new university students are advised to have the vaccination as they are at higher risk of infection because many of them mix closely with lots of new people, some of whom may unknowingly carry the meningococcal bacteria at the back of their noses and throats. The vaccine is available on the NHS for certain age groups.

HPV (Cervical cancer) – Gardasil

A vaccine that protects against the human papilloma virus (HPV) which causes oral and cervical cancers. This is routinely offered to girls aged 12-13 on the NHS. It is also recommended for girls and boys aged 9-26 years and is available privately.

For those aged between 9-13 years: Two doses required at day 0 then 6-12 months

For those aged between 14-26 years: Three doses required at day 0, 2 months and 6 months

Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)

The pneumococcal vaccine, which is suitable for patients aged 18 and over, protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. Pneumococcal infections are caused by bacteria and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis. The NHS only routinely offer the pneumococcal vaccine to patients aged 65 (or earlier if the patient meets the vulnerable illness criteria set out by the NHS).

Shingles (Herpes zoster virus)

The shingles vaccine offers protection for patients aged 50 and over against the herpes zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is a painful skin condition and the vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. The shingles vaccine is only routinely available in the NHS to patients aged 70 OR 78 years.

BCG

For protection against Tuberculosis (TB).  TB is a serious infection which mainly affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body.  The BCG is a live vaccine and is not given as part of the routine NHS vaccination schedule; it is only given on the NHS when a child or adult is thought to have an increased risk of coming into contact with TB.

We run BCG clinics once a month at our Beaconsfield surgery.  Patients over the age of 6 (or younger if a child is in a high risk group) require a Mantoux Test (skin test) before having the BCG vaccine.  The Mantoux test site is inspected 3 days later and the Nurse will determine whether the BCG vaccine is indicated.

Patients under the age of 6 typically just require the BCG vaccination.

For more information about booking into our BCG clinic, please call us on 01494 706888.

 

Health Vaccinations (Please note all prices are per dose)VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
Meningitis B£134.00£175.00£175.00
Influenza - Quadrivalent (Under 65's)FREEFREE£25.00
Influenza - FluAd (Over 65's only)FREEFREE£25.00
Chickenpox£47.00£88.00£88.00
Meningitis ACWY£70.00£70.00£70.00
HPV (Gardasil)£150.00£182.00£182.00
Pneumoccocal (Pneumonia)£25.00£57.00£57.00
Shingles (over 50's only)£176.00£231.00£231.00
BCG Mantoux test (BCG clinic)£75.00£75.00£75.00
BCG Vaccination (BGC clinic)£60.00£60.00£60.00
Health Vaccinations (Please note all prices are per dose)
Meningitis B
VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
£134.00£175.00£175.00
Influenza - Quadrivalent (Under 65's)
VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
FREEFREE£25.00
Influenza - FluAd (Over 65's only)
VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
FREEFREE£25.00
Chickenpox
VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
£47.00£88.00£88.00
Meningitis ACWY
VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
£70.00£70.00£70.00
HPV (Gardasil)
VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
£150.00£182.00£182.00
Pneumoccocal (Pneumonia)
VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
£25.00£57.00£57.00
Shingles (over 50's only)
VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
£176.00£231.00£231.00
BCG Mantoux test (BCG clinic)
VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
£75.00£75.00£75.00
BCG Vaccination (BGC clinic)
VIP/​VIP24/​ VIP24+VIPiPay as you go
£60.00£60.00£60.00

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