Immunisations & Vaccinations
Immunisation is perhaps the best way to protect you and your loved ones from disease. When everyone in the community is following a prescribed vaccination timetable, it’s even possible to safeguard the health of the wider area as well as future generations. Immunisations are the most effective and safest way to halt the spread of infectious and dangerous diseases.
If we think back to the huge vaccination campaigns of the ’60s and ’70s, these stopped the spread of whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria, illnesses that were fatal to thousands of youngsters each and every year before inoculations became commonplace. Fast forward to today and fatalities from these diseases are rare in the developed world.
Infants, Children and Young People
Our nurse helps our doctors with immunisations for infants through to patients of adolescent age. The human papilloma virus vaccine is specifically recommended for teens. Some may also require booster shots of pertussis and hepatitis B vaccines.
It’s common for young people and children to experience some mild side effects after immunisation. These tend to last for only a short time and are nothing at all to worry about. Symptoms may include swelling, soreness and redness at the injection site, unsettled behaviour and a mild fever. Fluids and paracetamol should clear this up in no time.
Older, Pregnant and Immunocompromised Adults
Our GPs encourage all older patients to have all age-appropriate vaccines and recommended flu shots for older, pregnant and immunocompromised patients when they’re due.
A number of health issues associated with international travel are preventable via vaccinations. If you’re planning on going abroad, make an appointment to come in and speak to your doctor at least 6-12 weeks before you’re due to leave. You can then discuss the recommended and required vaccinations for your destination of choice.