Immunisations

Vaccinations are given by the Practice Nurses by appointment.
Children: Immunisations are essential to protect children from serious illness. Beacon Medical Practice provides the full range of childhood immunisations. These inoculations can be given even if your child has a cold providing the temperature is not raised. Please tell the Nurse if your child has a fever, takes steroids, has a serious disease, has allergies particular to eggs, has a strong reaction to any previous vaccinations or has a parent or brother or sister who has suffered from epilepsy.
Adults: We offer most travel vaccinations, including Yellow Fever, along with comprehensive travel advice.

Childhood Vaccinations
Here’s a list of the vaccines that are routinely offered to children for free on the NHS, and the age at which your child should ideally have them:

2 months:

  • 5-in-1, first dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib). This single jab contains vaccines to protect against five separate diseases – diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children). The DTaP/IPV/Hib vaccine does not contain mercury (thiomersal).
  • Pneumococcal infection, first dose

3 months:

  • 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Meningitis C, first dose

4 months:

  • 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Pneumococcal infection, second dose
  • Meningitis C, second dose

Between 12 and 13 months:

  • Hib/Men C booster. Given as a single jab containing meningitis C, third dose and Hib, fourth dose.
  • MMR first dose (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
  • Pneumococcal infection, third dose

3 years and 4 months, or soon after:

  • MMR second jab
  • 4-in-1 pre-school booster (DtaP/IPV). Given as a single jab containing vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio.

Around 12-13 years:

  • HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer (girls only): three jabs given within six months

Around 13-18 years:

  • 3-in-1 teenage booster (Td/IPV). Given as a single jab which contains vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Adult Vaccinations
65 and over:

  • Flu (every year)
  • Pneumococcal

Vaccines for Risk Groups
People who fall into certain risk groups may be offered extra vaccines. These include vaccinations against diseases such as hepatitis B, tuberculosis (TB), flu and chickenpox. See our section below on vaccinations in adult at risk groups to find out whether you should have one.

Travel and Other Vaccines
There are also optional vaccines that you may be able to have from our Surgery, including travel vaccinations, such as hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera. Beacon Medical Practice is a designated WHO Yellow Fever Centre. See our webpage on Travel Vaccinations to find out more about whether you should have one.

Vaccinations for at Risk Groups
There are no vaccinations that are routinely offered on the NHS to all adults. However, there are several vaccinations that are available on the NHS to adults in certain ‘at risk’ groups. These are:

Flu vaccine
Protects against: seasonal flu including swine flu.
Who needs it:

  • All people aged 65 years and over
  • All those with a long-term health condition
  • Healthcare workers
  • All pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy

Given: every year starting in October/November.

Pneumococcal vaccine (PPV)
Protects against: some types of pneumococcal infection.
Who needs it:

  • people aged 65 and over
  • people with a long-term health condition

Given at: any time (one injection)

Whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine
Protects against: whooping cough
Who needs it:

  • pregnant women

Given at: between 28 and 38 weeks of pregnancy as a single injection.

Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine
Protects against: chickenpox.
Who needs it:

  • Healthcare workers who aren’t immune
  • Laboratory staff who could be exposed to varicella
  • Healthy susceptible contacts of immunocompromised patients

Given at: any age (two doses given 4 to 8 weeks apart).

Hepatitis B (hep B) vaccine
Protects against: hepatitis B.
Who needs it:

  • Injecting drug users (including their partners and children and other people living with them)
  • People who change sexual partners frequently, men who have sex with men, and sex workers
  • Close family contacts of someone with a chronic hepatitis B infection
  • Individuals receiving regular blood products, and their carers
  • People who have chronic kidney failure
  • People who have chronic liver disease
  • Inmates of custodial institutions and some prison service staff
  • People who live in residential accommodation for those with learning difficulties
  • Families that foster or adopt children who may have been at increased risk of hepatitis B infection
  • People travelling to, or going to live in, areas where there’s a high or intermediate incidence of hepatitis B
  • Individuals at occupational risk, such as healthcare workers, laboratory staff and staff of residential and other accommodation for those with learning difficulties, morticians and embalmers, and some emergency services personnel

Given at: any age where needed.

Tuberculosis (BCG) vaccine
Protects against: tuberculosis (TB).
Who needs it:

  • People at occupational risk, such as healthcare workers, some laboratory staff, people who handle animal species that are susceptible to TB, some prison staff, those working in homes for older people, staff of hostels for homeless people and facilities for refugees and asylum seekers

Given at: any age.