Immunisation is a vital way of boosting the body’s defences against infectious diseases. Vaccinations are a method of immunising someone against a disease. We offer travel vaccinations, anti-malarials and all childhood vaccinations including diphtheria, polio, tetanus, meningitis C, measles mumps and rubella (MMR).
Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine (MMR)
We consider that the combined MMR vaccine is safe and effective. Despite this, we are very aware that many parents have concerns surrounding the combined vaccine due to its (unproven) association with autism and other possible side-effects. As we believe strongly in patient choice, we also offer the single MMR vaccine; which means three separate vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella. We feel that this is a safe and important alternative for families who would prefer not to have the combined vaccine. However, the individual vaccines are currently difficult to get hold of. We recommend that all children are vaccinated by some method.
Flu is an air-borne virus and is extremely contagious, with it spreading very quickly by infected people coughing and sneezing nearby. It can result in very serious illnesses for some people such as pneumonia and many vulnerable people die from flu complications each year.
People can be immunised against the flu virus by having a flu jab. It is best to have a flu jab in the autumn before a flu epidemic emerges in the winter. The flu virus changes slightly each year and the flu jab will only protect you from flu for one year because it is made from the strain of flu which is expected to be most common in that particular winter. This means that you must have a flu jab every year.
If you would like to be immunised against the flu virus, please contact The Frater Clinic. We recommend those who are most at risk of developing serious complications as a result of catching flu to have a flu jab, although anyone may have one. It is wise to have a flu vaccination if you have a long-term medical condition as shown below. There are a few reasons why it may not be suitable for you to have a flu vaccine so please check with a doctor first.
We strongly advise you to have a flu jab if you:
• Are 65 years or over.
• Have diabetes, chronic kidney or liver disease.
• Have severe asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
• Have a heart condition.
• Have a deficient immune system from cancer treatment or HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or AIDS.
• Work in close contact with poultry to eliminate the very small risk that human and bird flu may mix to form a new flu virus.
• Are a carer for an elderly or disabled person and there is nobody to look after them if you are ill.
NB. Nasal preparations are available for those under 18 year old
There is a wide range of vaccinations and anti-malarials which are recommended for travelling to different countries around the world. The recommendations can change depending on outbreaks in the region. It is important to note also that your needs may change according to the duration of your trip and your personal health condition. We recommend that you start planning the vaccinations and anti-malarials which you require several weeks in advance of your trip, to receive the most effective and safe treatment.
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