This practice follows the national policy for childhood immunisation. Further information can be found on the NHS Immunisation Schedule website.


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Get a personalised, downloadable planner of your child's vaccinations, based on their date of birth. The planner includes all the dates their vaccinations are due.

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New additions to Schedule: Cervical Cancer can be caused by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18- recently the HPV vaccination has been introduced into the schedule for girls aged 12 to 13.



Tetanus & Polio:

All adults should ensure that they have had a total of five does of tetanus vaccine in their life and they have had  full course of polio in the past.  If in doubt, please check with the receptionist.

Protection against tetanus and polio should be kept up to date. A full primary course with a booster at 15 years of age should be followed by at least two boosters at 10 year intervals to protect throughout life.

Flu vaccination:

The Practice is offering Seasonal Advice and Flu Vaccinations. For more information on availability and when vaccinations are scheduled please click on the link below.

This year the Seasonal Flu Vaccine offered to the majority of people is likely to contain the following influenza virus strains.

They are:-
A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) sometimes called swine flu
A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)
B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like strain

Pneumococcal vaccination:

The Pneumococcal vaccination prevents a certain type of pneumonia. This is a one off vaccination recommended for the over 65’s, for those who have no spleen, who are immuno-suppressed, diabetic or suffer from chronic bronchitis or heart disease.

Hepatitis B vaccination:

The Hepatitis B vaccintaiton is recommended for homosexuals, bisexuals, intravenous drug users, or at-risk professionals ie doctors, nurses, police officers, ambulance personnel etc., though there may be a charge for some professions.

Travel Immunisations:

The practice nurses provide comprehensive advice about overseas travel and vaccination, click here for details. A charge is made for non NHS injections.

Meningitis Immunisations:

Meningitis ACWY can be offered to students up to 25 years old, who are entering university for the first time and, have not already received a dose of Meningitis ACWY after their tenth birthday. Ideally at least two weeks before attending university to ensure timely protection. If you fulfil this criteria, and would like to be vaccinated, please request an appointment with our Practice Nurse.


Useful websites (click to visit):

Note: Polden Medical Practice  is not responsible for the content of any of these websites, we also do not endorse them.

Fit for Travel - a public access website provided by the NHS (Scotland). It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

NHS Immunisation - the most comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate source of information on vaccines, disease and immunisation in the UK.

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