OCTOBER 2014
VOL.29
ALBANY HOUSE
NEWSLETTER
FLU – IS IT FOR YOU
The Department of health has recommended
that the following groups should have the Flu
vaccination:
 People aged 65 years and over
 All those 6 months or older with the following
long term conditions affecting:
 The lungs,
 Heart,
 Kidneys,
 Liver,
THE SURGERY
 Brain or nervous system,
 Immune system
 Spleen.
CHILDHOOD FLU VACCINATIONS
The Flu vaccine and why your child should have it.
Flu can be very unpleasant for children causing fever, stuffy nose, coughing, sore throat, aching and
extreme tiredness. This often lasts several days. Some children can get a very high fever but will not
show other normal Flu symptoms. This may require a trip to the hospital for treatment. Further
complications can include ear infection, bronchitis and pneumonia which can be severe.
The benefits of having the vaccine are that it will help prevent your child from contracting a very nasty
illness and will reduce the chance of others in your family getting it. For most children the vaccine will
be given as a nasal spray either by a healthcare professional. Older children may be given the option
to do it themselves under supervision of the healthcare specialist. The nasal spray is quickly
absorbed by the nose so even if your child sneezes after the spray, there’s no need to worry that it
hasn’t worked.
Side effects are uncommon but may include a runny or blocked nose, headache, general tiredness
and a loss of appetite.
Children who are severely asthmatic, allergic to eggs, are currently or have been wheezy in the past
week or has a condition that weakens their immune system should not have the nasal vaccine.
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BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT AND REPEAT PRESCRIPTION ONLINE
You are now able to book a doctor’s appointment up to six weeks in advance online.
You can also order your repeat prescriptions online.
To do this you need to sign up to patient access either in surgery or by visiting our website
www.albanyhousesurgeryworcester.co.uk
Once you have completed your form send to the surgery and we will send you details of
how to login to the system.
SHINGLES VACCINATION
Are you 70, 78 or 79? Have you had your shingles vaccination? If your date of birth is
between 02/09/1943 & 01/09/44, 02/09/1935 & 01/09/1936 or 02/09/34 & 01/09/35 then
you are entitled to a free shingles vaccination.
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection. Unlike the flu jab you will only need to
have the injection once.
The vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles.
Please make an appointment at reception.
ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY CHOOSE WELL
A&E and 999 – A&E, Emergency departments and the 999 ambulance service should only
be used in a critical or life-threatening situation. Dialling 999 and stating an emergency
situation will result in a response vehicle being sent to your location.
Minor Injuries Unit and Walk-in Health Centre – offer fast, convenient and expert care for
minor illnesses and ailments including cuts, grazes, wounds, sprains and minor burns.
General Practice – If you have an illness or injury that won’t go away, make an
appointment and if necessary request a home visit.
NHS Choices – NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk 0845 46 47) is a dedicated website where you
can find up-to-date and expert advice on a range of illnesses and complaints, as well as find
your nearest NHS services
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