Private Vaccinations

At Daleswood Health we are pleased to offer a wide range of private vaccinations to both adults and children.

 

For your reassurance, all our vaccinations are administered personally by our experienced Doctors.

 

In an effort to ensure that the experience, especially for children, is as pain-free as possible (and stress-free for parents!) we provide you with a local anaesthetic cream to apply in advance which will numb the skin.

 

The available vaccinations are listed below. Please see the following links for further information on each.

  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV (Gardasil)
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Meningitis B
  • Meningitis ACWY
  • MMR
  • Pneumococcal
  • Shingles

Please note, some of the vaccinations require more than one dose. Further information is detailed below. To book an appointment please contact us on 01675 489489 or contact@daleswoodhealth.co.uk

Chickenpox Vaccination

The vaccine against Chickenpox (Varicella) is safe and effective and has been available since 1998. It is part of the routine childhood vaccinations in both the United States and Australia.

Vaccination offers about 98% protection in children and about 75% in teenagers and adults. Those who have been vaccinated, yet still get chickenpox, generally have milder symptoms.

The vaccine can be given to adults and children over one year of age. Two doses are required and given 4-8 weeks apart.

Hepatitis B Vaccination

Vaccination offers protection against the virus, Hepatitis B, which is a major cause of serious liver disease including cirrhosis and liver cancer.

It is not currently part of the routine vaccination schedule in the UK and is only given to those deemed at risk. The WHO has, however, recommended that all babies in the world should be vaccinated against Hepatitis B. The committee who are responsible for deciding the UK immunisation schedule are currently looking into adding this vaccination in to the primary course at 2, 3 and 4 months of age.

The Hepatitis B vaccine is very safe. It is inactivated and therefore cannot cause the disease itself. Three doses are required for full protection, given over a 6 month period.

HPV Vaccination (Gardasil)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a highly contagious virus that affects both men and women and is transmitted through different forms of sexual contact.

HPV can cause cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, some head and neck cancers and genital warts. Most HPV infections do not show any symptoms, meaning that people are unaware that they have it and can pass the virus on.

The HPV vaccination provides highly effective protection against the development of HPV-related cancers and genital warts.

In the UK, the vaccine is routinely offered to girls, aged 12-13 years.  In Australia, boys are also routinely vaccinated at age 12-13 years as part of the national programme due to the protection offered against the above HPV-related cancers.

The best time to be vaccinated is before a person becomes sexually active. Two doses are required (this was reduced from three in 2014) and are given between 6-24 months apart.

Influenza (Flu) Vaccination

Influenza is a very common, highly contagious viral disease. It can be very dangerous, causing serious complications and death.

In the UK, an average of 600 people a year die from complications of seasonal flu. However, in 2013-14 this number was estimated to be 11,000 people.

There are many different strains of flu around and the predominant strains change each year. This means that a new vaccine must be prepared annually.

The vaccine is typically available in late September and one vaccine is advised each year, ideally before December.

Meningitis B Vaccination

Meningococcal disease causes a range of serious, life-threatening diseases including meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning). The most common strain in the UK is currently Meningitis B, which accounts for 90% of cases of meningococcal disease.

All age groups can be affected, however it is most common in children under five years of age. There is a second peak at around 15-19 years of age.

The Meningitis B vaccine is very safe. It is inactivated and therefore cannot cause the disease itself.

Meningitis ACWY Vaccination

The Meningitis ACWY vaccine gives protection against four types of meningococcal disease caused by groups A, C, W and Y. Meningococcal disease is a serious and life-threatening infection and a major cause of meningitis and septicaemia (blood posioning). Cases of Meningitis W have been increasing since 2009.

In the UK, the vaccine is offered to 13-18 year olds and new university students. It is also frequently used as a travel vaccine.

One dose is required and offers very good protection. The vaccine has been used for many years and has an excellent safety profile.

MMR Vaccination

The MMR Vaccination offers protection against three serious diseases: measles, mumps and rubella.

Before the introduction of the vaccine, all three diseases were very common. Many did not suffer any long-term effects, however, others were left with serious disabilities and some children died.

Is the vaccine safe? There are now a large number of studies that show no evidence at all of any link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The original research has now been discredited.

Two doses are required, the first at age 12-13 months and a booster dose at age 3 years and 4 months.

Pneumococcal Vaccination

Pneumococcal disease includes a wide range of infections caused by different types of pneumococcus bacteria.

These bacteria are the most common cause of pneumonia and can also cause other life-threatening diseases including meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning).

Pneumococcal Vaccination is part of the routine immunisation schedule for children in the UK and is offered to adults over the age of 65 years.

We are able to offer the vaccine to adults of all ages. It is inactivated and cannot cause the disease itself. Vaccination offers protection against 23 types of the pneumococcus bacteria, which are responsible for more than 90% of cases of this type of infection.

Most people require one dose, however for certain patient groups a booster may be recommended after 5 years.

Shingles Vaccination

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) is a painful skin rash caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus (Varicella Zoster) in people who have previously had chickenpox.

Shingles can occur at any age, however it is more common as people get older when there is also a greater risk of complications.

The vaccine is now offered on the NHS to patients aged 70-79 years. However the immunisation programme only vaccinates certains ages within this band each year.

At Daleswood Health, Shingles Vaccination is available to adults aged 50 years and above. Research shows that the vaccine significantly reduces the chance of developing shingles. For those who do still suffer an attack, it should reduce the severity of the symptoms.

One dose is required and can be given to people who have previously had shingles.