Vaccinations at Parkhill
There are hundreds of different vaccines in use around the UK which save lives and prevent diseases every single day.
How do vaccinations work? They give someone an inactive or very weak dose of a particular illness as that will help you build up your immunity to it. Then, should you contract the virus at any stage, your body will remember how to beat it; meaning you won’t get sick.
Vaccines are necessary for babies and small children to ensure they don’t catch anything that could harm them. They are also common for adults when it reaches flu season or when travelling to a foreign country.
Going on holiday?
If you’re thinking of travelling outside of the UK, there is a chance you may need to vaccinate yourself against some of the more serious diseases that can be found in various places around the world.
Not every country will require vaccinations for you to go there, but if they do, you may also need to prove that you have had the necessary vaccines in order to enter the country.
Saudi Arabia, for example, will only allow people to come into the country if they have proof that they were vaccinated against certain types of meningitis.
Some holiday destinations you may need vaccinations for include:
You should make a consultation appointment with your doctor to find out whether your existing UK vaccines are up-to-date. If you tell them where it is you’re travelling to, they’ll book you in to have all of the necessary jabs as well as give you general health advice regarding your travels – such as protecting yourself against malaria.
Travel immunisations we offer at our practice include:
- Yellow Fever
- Typhoid (Oral)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Meningitis ACWY for travellers
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis A & Typhoid
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A & B Combined
- Cholera (Oral)
When planning your holiday, make sure you speak to your healthcare practitioner at Parkhill at least eight weeks before you’re due to travel so as to ensure you have all the vaccinations you need in time for your trip.
Having the flu is an extremely unpleasant experience that no-one ever wants to go through. Fevers and chills, aches and pains, runny noses and sore throats – the flu season is never welcome.
Those who are more susceptible to the complications which can arise from having the flu are offered the flu jab by the NHS each year. This includes those over the age of 65, pregnant women, adults deemed ‘at risk’ such as those with weakened immune systems or heart conditions, and children aged between six months and 2 years old.
If you do not fall into any of these categories but don’t want to risk catching the flu this year, then please feel free to come to Parkhill to be vaccinated privately.
Chickenpox is a very common childhood illness. Whilst not particularly strong, it can be extremely uncomfortable for children; with symptoms often resembling a flu with a very itchy rash.
Almost all children will develop an immunity to chickenpox after becoming infected meaning they should only ever catch it once. However, this is not always the case and chickenpox in adulthood can be much more severe.
Immunisation against chickenpox is not available on the NHS unless you fall into their very specific risk groups. If you are not immune to chickenpox or are concerned about passing the virus on to a vulnerable person, book your chickenpox vaccine at Parkhill.
Children are naturally more vulnerable than adults when it comes to contracting illnesses, so creating an immunity to serious diseases at a young age is absolutely vital.
There are a number of vaccinations your child will need throughout their lives, building up their immune systems to stop them getting sick when they’re older.
These vaccines are often spread out over your child’s first year of life, starting at just eight weeks old with the 6-in-1 vaccine (protecting against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hib, hepatitis B, and a bacterial infection which can cause severe pneumonia and meningitis), all the way to the age of fourteen with the 3-in-1 teenage booster shot and MenACWY vaccine.
At Parkhill, we offer a wide range of life-saving and essential vaccinations for children, including:
- Meningitis C & Haemophilus B
- Meningitis B
- Whooping Cough
- Infant Pneumococcal
All vaccinations at Parkhill
If you’re planning on visiting a foreign country, are pregnant or have small children, or simply don’t want to risk being bedbound by flu this winter, speak to a member of our friendly team about private vaccination.
To book your consultation, please call us today on 01204 770 600, or come in and see us at the Parkhill practice in Bolton. Our prices for vaccinations are:
- Blood testing
- Spirometry testing
Make an enquiry
Fill in our short enquiry form online, or call 01204 770 600 and speak to a member or our friendly staff.