Childhood Flu Vaccines
Children ages 2, 3 & 4 are also eligible for a flu vaccination this year. Children’s Clinics will be run separately – More details will be available soon.
The Department of Health have recommended that the seasonal flu programme should be extended to children aged 2 – 17 years. This is in order to lower the impact of flu on children and lower flu transmission to other children, adults and those in clinical risk groups of any age. The roll out of the programme will be phased over a period of time. The first patient cohort will be children of 2 and 3 years of age.
- Fluenz is the recommended vaccine; this is administered as a nasal spray and is given as a single dose. It is a live vaccine.
Shingles Vaccine Programme
The incidence of shingles increases with age, the severity of symptoms increases as individuals get older. As a result of this the DOH have introduced a shingles vaccination programme, this commenced in October 2013.
- What is Shingles?
- Shingles is a viral infection of the nerve cells that develops as a result of a chickenpox infection. Once a person has recovered from chickenpox the virus lies dormant in the nerve cells and can reactivate at a later stage when the immune system is weakened.
- What is the Purpose of the Programme?
- The purpose of the programme is to reduce both the incidence and severity of shingles disease in adults aged 70 to 79 years of age.
- Who is the Vaccine recommended for?
- The vaccine will be offered routinely to adults aged 70 years and 79 years on or after September 1st 2013. The vaccine is still recommended if a person has a previous history of shingles infection.
- Further information can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/shingles
- Also via the ‘Links’ tab on our website by clicking on the Department of Health icon and typing shingles into the search box.
- 65 years old – Pneumococcal given in the Upper Arm
- 65 years and older – Influenza – given in the Upper Arm
- 70 year old – Shingles – given in the Upper Arm