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Vaccination Updates

MenACWY Vaccination

Teenagers and "fresher" students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia. The MenACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y.

The MenACWY vaccine provides important protection, and all teenagers born between September 1 1998 and August 31 1999 are advised to arrange vaccination with the practice. In addition, anyone born on or after September 1 1996 who missed their routine school vaccination in school years 9 and 10 or the catch-up MenACWY vaccination can get the vaccine from their GP up to their 25th birthday. 

Students going to university or college for the first time, including overseas and mature students, who have not yet had the MenACWY vaccine remain eligible up to their 25th birthday.

 

Influenza Vaccination

The Flu Season is fast approaching and your GP advises that all patients over 65, patients with chronic diseases such as Asthma/COPD, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Renal Disease, Stroke, Chronic Liver Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Pregnant Women, Carers and patients with low immunity e.g. no spleen, receiving cancer treatment are immunized against Flu and therefore are entitled to a free flu vaccination.

 

If you fall into any of the above criteria, Please contact the Practice in September 2018 to book an appointment for your free flu vaccination.

 

ORCHA Apps

Finding the best health and care apps Apps present a fantastic opportunity to not only improve the quality of our healthcare, but also help us to live healthier lives. The market is awash with apps, though, and we have no ability to see whether what is being downloaded will actually improve our health or if our personal data will be stored safely.At the Practice, we want to ensure that if you are using apps to look after yourselves or manage any conditions you have, or if you are looking to start using them, you can find the best and safest ones available.For this reason, we would like to make you aware of bolton.orcha.co.uk - essentially a comparison website for health and care apps.  On there you can see how an app performs along three main strands: user experience, clinical effectiveness (i.e. how well it works) and data security (because we know how seriously we all take this these days).As a Practice we will be working to support you with using apps to support your self-care - so next time you're in, if it feels appropriate, we might well ask if you're interested in using an app to help you live more healthily.



 
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