Lister House offers the full range of immunisations to both adults and children. Most of the focus of our attention is directed to children under 5 who receive their Triple (Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis), H.I.B (Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine), Meningitis C and polio vaccines at two, three and four months of age and their MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) at the age of about fourteen months. Prior to starting school, boosters are given for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and MMR.
A new Department of Health guideline means that routine vaccinations for tuberculosis (TB) will not be offered to all secondary school children but will be offered to those with particular risk factors. Individuals who are more likely to be at risk, and who will be offered a vaccine include children whose parents or grandparents were born in a place where TB is common. This includes many countries in Africa, Asia, South America as well as parts of Eastern Europe.
However, we still offer adults immunisations when due and run a travel clinic for those travelling abroad. We purchase and stock hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus and meningovax vaccines, for example, and can obtain other vaccines when indicated, quickly. We also run an extensive Flu vaccination programme for the over 65s and vulnerable groups in the autumn.
All Adults aged between 20 to 24 years are now encouraged to book an appointment for immunisation with MenC (Meningococcal C) vaccine. The overall risk of meningococcal infection in this age group is twice that of the general population. To get your injection arrange to see one of the practice nurses.
Checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK on the NHS, including the ages at which they should ideally be given is available on the NHS website.
If you're not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to 'catch up' later in life.
Try to make sure you or your child have vaccinations delivered on time to ensure protection against serious communicable diseases.
If you're going to be away from the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to your doctor. It may be possible to arrange for vaccination at a different location.
Our Practice Nurses are available for travel advice and immunisations. An appointment should be made at least 6 weeks prior to travel.