HUNTINGDON ROAD SURGERY
The doctors and staff at Huntingdon Road Surgery in Cambridge are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.
The seasonal influenza vaccination is still available.
Annual influenza vaccination is strongly recommended for:
- ALL patients over 65 years of age
- all patients with diabetes
- all patients with chronic illnesses (including COPD, history of stroke, history of heart attack/heart disease/angina, chronic liver disease)
- some patients on immunosupressive treatments
- patients with asthma which requires regular preventative treatment
- pregnant women
- children aged 2-4 years (see below)
The NHS recomends and will provide the vaccination for free for the above groups. If you are not sure whether you qualify for a free NHS flu vaccination please discuss this with your doctor or nurse.
Unfortunately the Practice does not provide influenza vaccinations to patients other than to those in the above groups as we need to ensure we have adequate supply for those who need it most.
How do I get my vaccination?
If you are seeing a doctor or nurse in the next few weeks, he/she will be happy to give you the vaccination in that appointment.
Otherwise the nurses are offering flu vaccination appointments at various times in the week at Huntingdon Road Surgery. Please book an appointment in via reception.
Flu vaccinations for children
This year the NHS again is recommending influenza vaccination for ALL CHILDREN aged 2-4 years (i.e. born on or after 2.9.9 and on or after 1.9.12). Thankfully there are no needles! - This is given by a simple painless spray which is administered up the nose. However, like the injection the vaccination is different every year so even if your child had the vaccination last year it is important that they have the 2014 vaccination this year to be adequately protected.
To book an appointment: Our children's nurses are holding special children's flu vaccination clinics. Please contact reception.
From Sept 2014 a vaccine to prevent shingles is being offered to all people aged 70years, 78years and 79years since September 1st 2014. This is a single injection. Unlike the flu vaccination you only need to have the vaccination once. The brand name for the shingles vaccine is Zostavax.
The vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may bemilder and the illness shorter.
Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting fo ryears after the inital rash has healed. And shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 of over 70s who develop it.
Who can have the shingles vaccination?
Shingles vaccination will be offered routinel as part of the NHS vaccination programme for people during the year after they have turned 70. at the same time it will also be offered to 78 and 79 year olds as a catch up programme.
Under the NHS programme the vaccine is only available to people who are 70 year olds, 78year olds and 79year olds:
70 years olds with date of birth 2.9.1943 - 1.9.1944 inclusive
78 year olds with date of birth 2.9.1935 - 1.9.1936 inclusive
79 year olds with date of birth 2.9.1934 - 1.9.1935 inclusive
If you are 79 years old you must attend before your 80th birthday.
Please contact reception to arrange an appointment if you are eligable for a shingles vaccination.
NHS Health Checks
Our practice is dedicated to improving our patient’s health and wellbeing and we are inviting eligible patients for a health check with one of our nursing team. Eligible patients are in an age range that puts them at increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes (collectively known as vascular disease). The check includes some simple tests and questions about your lifestyle. You will also have the opportunity to discuss any concerns or issues you may have and find out about the many new services available to support you in your “Change for Life”. So please book an NHS Health Check if you have received an invitation letter.
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