Swine Flu and your Children

on Thursday, 07 February 2013. Posted in blog


Children aged 1-5 are also viewed as being at higher risk, and as a father of two boys, aged one and three, I would definitely treat them if they became symptomatic with swine flu but only after my GP had examined them and concluded this as the diagnosis. The real risk currently to children is not so much swine flu itself but that their symptoms are mistaken for those of swine flu. Children get temperatures for many reasons (tonsillitis, urine infections, tummy bugs, meningitis) and most of these often start of with flu-like symptoms.

Flu Jab offered to all 2 year olds the winter

on Friday, 08 November 2013. Posted in blog

Stay well this winter

Flu Jab offered to all 2 year olds the winter

Influenza is a major cause of death each year in the UK and it is caused by the flu virus.Vaccination has been available since the late 1960s, and is offered annually to patients aged 65.

All those aged 6 months and over in risk groups identified by the Department of Health are also offered the jab. Southdowns Private Healthcare offers Fluenz, amongst others and according to suitability, to children from 6 months to 18 years of age.

From September 2013, all 2 year-olds are now given nasal influenza immunisation, extending to pre-school and primary school children by 2014. The programme is then expected to extend to Secondary schools by 2015.


Benefits of the chicken pox vaccine

on Wednesday, 03 August 2016. Posted in blog

Benefits of the chicken pox vaccine

To some the chicken pox vaccine may seem unnecessary as chicken pox in childhood is widely perceived as a generally mild illness. It has been common place for parents to allow their children to be exposed naturally to the illness. However now, most experts advise that the chicken pox vaccine should be widely received within schools and day centres.  

If your child gets chicken pox they are likely to develop a painful, itchy rash of blisters along with a fever and extreme tiredness. Many require antibiotics and the blisters often leave permanent scars.

It is likely that they will have time off school to recover. Indeed before the vaccine was introduced, chicken pox caused around 10, 500 sufferers to go to hospital. The vaccine has the ability to protect children from the illness and whilst no treatment is ever 100% effective for everyone, it will still reduce symptoms.  

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