Shingles isnt like other infection diseases because you dont catch it from someone else. Most of us had chickenpox when we were young, although some of us will not be awar that weve had it. If you did have it, then the virus that caused it can stay in your body for the rest of your life without ou knowing it is there. If the virus reactivates it causes a disease called shingles.
Shingles can be very painful and tends to affect people more commonly as they get older. And the older you are, the worse it can be.,For some, the pain can last for many years. There is now a vaccine that helps reduce your risk of getting shingles and reduces the severity of symptoms if you develop the disease.
By having the vaccination you will significantly reduce your chance of developing shingles. And if you do go on to have shingles the symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter, then if you had not had the vaccination.
Shingles Vaccination clinics are in the process of being arranged. All patients within the agreed cohorts will receive a formal communication inviting them to attend these sessions.
From September 2015, a vaccine will be available as part of the NHS childhood immunisation programme, to help protect against MenB disease.
Babies will be offered the MenB vaccine with the other routine vaccinations at two months, four months and 12 months of age. Vaccinating babies at these times helps protect them when they are most at risk of developing MenB disease.
Using Paracetamol to prevent fever in babies after the MenC vaccination
Fever can be expected after any vaccination, but it is more common when the MenB vaccine is given with the other routine vaccines at two and four months. The fever shows the baby's body is responding to the vaccine, although not getting a fever doesnt mean it hasnt worked. Giving Paracetamol will reduce the risk of fever after vaccination. Your nurse will give you more information about paracetamol at your vaccination appointment.
Infant paracetamol should be on your essential shopping list in preparation for your baby's arrival. If you do not have any paracetamol liquid for infants at home you should get some from your local pharmacy or supermarket ready for your two month vaccination visit.
MenB disease is a serious illness caused by the 'B' strains of meningococcal bacteria. These bacteria are a major cause of meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) in your children.
The MenB Vaccine
This vaccine is being offered in addition to the MenC vaccine which is given at three months of age and which has been very successful at protecting children against MenC disease but does not protect against other strains of meningococcal bacteria. The MenB vaccine will not protect against other bacteria and viruses that can cause meningitis and septicaemia. So it you are at all concerned about your baby at any time, then trust your instincts and speak to your GP or call 111.
Further information can be found in the leaflets below:
Men B Leaflet
Men B Leaflet
Men B and using Paracetamol
Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). Both diseases are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early.
The early symptoms of meningococcal disease are similar to those of flu, so you need to be able to recognise the symptoms very quickly (even if you have been vaccinated, the vaccines offered through the routine immunisation programme do not protect against all forms of the disease).
It is recommended that all teenagers in school years 10 to 13 have the MenACWY vaccination before or soon after they leave school. The catch-up programme will start in August 2015 and end in around October 2017. With so many pupils to vaccinate, the programme will be rolled out gradually, with year 13 pupils offered the vaccine first. These older teenagers are at greatest risk of the disease especially when starting university where they will come into contact with many new people of a similar age. In addition, all year 9 students (and year 10 students in some areas) will be offered the MenACWY vaccine routinely instead of the MenC vaccine.
Further information can be found in the leaflet below:
Men ACWY School Leaver Leaflet