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The national shingles immunisation programme is recommended for people aged 70 to 79 but is being introduced in phases.  The vaccine is currently being offered to those people who are aged 70, 71, 72, 78 or 79 on 1st September 2015.  For more information about shingles and to check your date of birth with an eligibility calculator, visit


Flu vaccination appointments now available to book.

The main change to the programme this year is the offer of flu vaccination to children of school years 1 and 2 age. Therefore, in 2015/16, the following are eligible for flu vaccination:

• those aged 65 years and over

• those aged six months to under 65 with COPD, Asthma, Diabetes

• pregnant women

• all two-, three- and four-year-olds (but not five years or older) on 31 August 2015

• all children of school years 1 and 2 age

• those in long-stay residential care homes

• carers

• primary school-aged children in areas that previously participated in primary school pilots in 2014/15


 Men ACWY Vaccination Programme

Young teenagers, sixth formers and 'fresher' students going to university for the first time are now routinely offered a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease.

The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia  meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

All 17- and 18-year-olds in school year 13 and first-time university students up to the age of 25 are eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination programme.

How do you get the vaccine?

Birstall Medical Centre and Border Drive surgeries have already sent letters inviting 17-and 18-year-olds in school year 13 to have the Men ACWY vaccine.

Students going away to university or college for the first time as freshers, including overseas and mature students up to the age of 25, should contact their GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of the academic year. Students in their second year or above of university do not need the vaccine and are not included in this programme.

Younger teenagers (school year 9 or 10) will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine in school as part of the routine adolescent schools programme alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster, and as a direct replacement for the Men C vaccination.


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Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.

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Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.


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