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Speciality Vaccines

chickenpoxChicken pox ( Varicella Zoster ) vaccination is available at the clinic and can be given to children and adults from 1 year of age.

Chicken Pox is spread by the Varicella Zoster virus; it is very contagious and is spread by coughing and sneezing. It is normally a childhood illness, that although distressing due to the irritating rash that can be very widespread, it is normally self limiting and resolves within 1 week however the rash can leave scars and secondary more serious infections can occur.

If Chicken Pox is acquired in adulthood the symptoms can be more severe and can be very serious for both mother and baby if acquired during pregnancy.

It would be advisable for those considering conceiving to ensure they have immunity against the disease and if you do not, then vaccination may be appropriate.

Those working with children or healthcare workers should also consider vaccination.

If you are considering vaccinating your children or would like to protect yourself please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic to make an appointment.

The clinic can also undertake a blood test to establish whether immunity exists, this may be appropriate for Health Care workers who need proof of their immune status.  

Blood test results can normally be obtained within two working days.  Please contact the clinic to arrange an appointment or if you have any further questions. Meningitis BThe clinic is able to offer the Meningitis B vaccine (Bexsero).

Meningitis is caused by the bacteria Neisseria Meningitidis , it causes inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It normally lives in the back of the throat and nose, some people carry the infection without ever having any symptoms, it is spread by coughing, sneezing and kissing.

Since September 2015 this vaccine has been included in the national schedule of immunisations and given to babies from the age of two months.

This vaccine has been included in the national schedule as Meningitis B strain is responsible for 85-90% of cases of meningitis that occur in the United Kingdom.

The vaccine can be given to adults and children so, if you would like any of your children or yourself to be protected please contact the clinic to book an appointment.ShinglesThe clinic offers Shingles Vaccination. This vaccine can be given to people aged 50 years and older.

Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chicken pox (herpes Zoster) is reactivated. This often occurs in times of stress or following a period of infection.

The condition is very painful and generally the blistering rash occurs in one part of the body. It often begins with pain and or irritation and then a number of red spots develop, which then develop into blisters. These lesions can take several weeks to heal. A complication of the infection is that individuals can be left with nerve pain (neuralgia) which can be particularly debilitating.

The vaccination is given as a single dose.

If you would like to be protected from shingles please contact the clinic to book an appointment.MMRMeasles, Mumps , Rubella (MMR ) vaccination is offered to children from the age of one year as part of the national schedule.

If adults or children have not been vaccinated or have missed a reinforcing dose it is important to consider vaccination prior to attending university or college or travelling to areas such as Asia , Africa or South America where the diseases are still prevalent.

Rubella is particularly harmful in pregnancy so all those considering pregnancy who are non-immune should consider vaccination prior to conception.

The clinic can also undertake a blood test to establish whether immunity exists, this may be appropriate for Health Care workers who need proof of their immune status.  

Blood test results can normally be obtained within two working days.  Please contact the clinic to arrange an appointment or if you have any further questions. HPV-(-Human-Papilloma-Virius-)The HPV is the commonest sexually transmitted viral infection in the United Kingdom.

The HPV vaccination (Gardasil) is available at the clinic.

The vaccination provides immunity against four strains of the wart virus and is offered to girls as part of The National Immunisation programme.  Girls are offered the vaccination as the presence of the wart virus can lead to changes in the cells of the cervix, causing cancerous changes to occur. However the vaccination can be given to both boys and girls from the age of 9 years.

The vaccination is given in either two or three doses depending on the age of the individual receiving the vaccination.

If you are considering the vaccination for yourself or your child. Please make contact with the clinic to discuss your individual requirements with a nurse.