Hepatitis B Vaccination
Patients should seek advice from their employer. Students requesting
Hepatitis B immunisation for occupational purposes are advised to contact the occupational
Health Department at the University where provision for any immunisation will be
GPs do not provide an occupational health service as part of their NHS responsibility.
A vaccination to protect against tetanus is given as part of the NHS childhood
The full course of the tetanus vaccination consists of five doses. The first three
doses are given during early childhood. This is followed by two booster doses.
The first booster dose is given at around four years of age. The second one is
given 10 years later. After the full course, you should have lifelong immunity
against tetanus. However, if you or your child has a deep wound, it’s best to get
If you are not sure whether you’ve had the full course, for example because you
were born in another country, contact your GP for advice.
Meningitis C Vaccination
Most students have already been immumised, but if not you can be immunised against
meningococcal infection which can cause meningitis and septicaemia. This vaccine
protects against one of the most common strains, but not all strains of the disease.
International students may not have been immunised and we can provide this service.
If you require to have this done please call the Practice appointment line and
ask for a routine appointment with our Practice Nurse. Please inform the receptionists
that you wish to have the Meningitis C Vaccination so this can be included in the
Practice Nurse’s appointment information.
For further advice please call the National Meningitis Trust on 0845 6000 800
Local, or Freephone the Meningitis Research Foundation on 080 8800 3344.
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu
virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air
by an infected person.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the
flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection
from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore,
new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be
vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at
greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant
women and elderly people.
This is also known as the pneumo jab, provides protection against pneumococcal
Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus
pneumoniae, which is sometimes referred to as the pneumococcus bacterium. There
are many different strains (types) of the bacterium that can cause a number of
- pneumonia – inflammation (infection) of the lungs
- septicaemia – a form of blood poisoning from an infection in the
- meningitis – an infection of the membranes that surround the brain
and spinal cord
A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, some groups of people have
a higher risk of the infection developing into a serious health condition. These
- children who are under two years of age
- adults who are 65 years of age or over
- children and adults with certain chronic (long-term) health conditions, such as
a serious heart or kidney condition
Types of pneumococcal vaccine
There are two different types of pneumococcal vaccine:
- pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV): this is given to all children
under two years of age as part of the childhood vaccination programme
- pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV): this is given to people
who are 65 years of age or over, and people at high risk
The HPV Vaccine for girls aged 12 &13
The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is designed to protect against the two types of HPV than can cause 70% of the cases of cervical cancer. It does not protect you against all other types, so you will still need to start going for regular cervical screening when you are 20 years of age.
It is important that you get this protection early enough for it to be effective and the best time for that is in your early teenage years. The vaccine won’t protect you against other sexually transmitted infection. You will need three injections over a period of six months to get the best protection. You will be informed when your immunisation is due. The nurse will give you the injection in your upper armCall the free NHS helpline on 0800 22 44 88 (Textphone 18001 22 44 88).
Further Information >>
Information concerning your vaccination history can only be issued by the Practice Nurse or Doctor. Reception staff are not qualified to release this information to you. As your vaccination status/history is very important, your records require
to be checked by a clinician. To obtain your vaccination history please submit this request in writing to the Practice Nurse.