Shingles....Why Vaccinate?

on Wednesday, 30 November 2016. Posted in blog

The importance of vaccinating against shingles

Shingles....Why Vaccinate?

Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox, it s estimated that 1 in 4 of us will have an episode at least once in our lifetime.

Shingles is caused by the Varicella-zoster virus which also causes chickenpox.  Following a dose of chickenpox (usually in childhood) this virus remains dormant within the nevous system until it is re-activated in later life. 

This painful rash which begins as a burning sensation in the skin, followed by a rash of fluid filled blisters which may burst and turn into sores is mostly prevalent in the over 50 s and whilst it s not really known what re-activates it, reduced immunity, age and physical and emotional stress are thought to contribute.

The Shingles vaccine (Zostavax) increases protection against the infection to 85% and vastly alleviates the symptoms in those unfortunate enough still to develop the virus.

Whilst the NHS offers an immunisation programme to those aged over 70, it s widely considered prudent for anyone over 50 to be immunised in order to avoid this very painful virus. Here at Southdowns we have been successfully immunising against Shingles since 2008. Call on 033 022 02000 to arrange an appointment and get protected. You can choose to be seen at either of our Hampshire or West Sussex clinics.

Increase in Meningitis W cases

on Monday, 31 October 2016. Posted in blog

Cases of meningitis (infection and inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) due to Meningitis W have been increasing in England, since 2009. This increase seems to be caused by a particularly aggressive strain of the Meningitis W bacteria.

Meningitis W infections are particularly severe and have a higher death rate (1 in 10) than the more common Men C and Men B strains.

The Men ACWY vaccine is currently being rolled out across England to those in school year 9 (children aged 14) and offered to all school leavers, particularly those going to college or university.

Public Health England (PHE) are encouraging new students to contact their GP for a vaccination. Figures GP surgeries at the end of August 2016 showed that only 20% of school leavers aged 18 in the South East had had the jab.

The Meningitis W bacteria lives in the back of the nose and throat and is spread by coughing, kissing and sneezing. One in ten of us carry the bacteria without it causing a problem, however very occasionally the bacteria can lead to meningococcal disease which causes meningitis or septicaemia.

Early symptoms of meningococcal disease include:

  • headache
  • vomiting
  • muscle pain
  • fever
  • cold hands and feet
  • a rash of tiny red pinpricks may also develop once septicaemia has set in. You can tell this is a meningitis rash if it doesn’t fade under pressure – for instance, when gently pressing a glass against it.

At Southdowns Private Healthcare we offer the Men ACYW vaccine to all children from 3 months of age as a single injection.

Whatever your concerns we can help - just give us a call on 033 022 02000 or 01243 766447 or use our online booking system.

Chicken Pox Vaccine

on Wednesday, 03 August 2016. Posted in blog

Southdowns Private Healthcare have been safely vaccinating children and adults since 2008 against Chicken Pox. Call us on 01243 766 447 to arrange your jab and get protected. You can choose to be seen in either our Emsworth, or Boxgrove Clinics in Hampshire. 

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