Vaccination

"The two public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world’s health are clean water and vaccines." The World Health Organisation
Why vaccines are safe and important (NHS page)

Travel vaccinations

Dr Baxter's photo of a Seychelles beach

If you are planning an exotic trip, the holiday of a lifetime or perhaps somewhere spectacular for your honeymoon, we can usually provide the vaccinations you will need. Simply complete the online questionnaire below so we can order the right vaccinations for you.

Bear in mind that some vaccinations need several weeks to produce the necessary response from your immune system, so make sure you come in at least 2 months before you travel.

Click here to complete the pre-travel questionnaire

Please note that not all vaccinations are available free on the NHS, even if they're recommended for travel to a certain area. More information can be found on the NHS Choices website.

If you are looking for more general travel advice, you can get more information here.

Seasonal flu

flu jab advert

Each year we try to offer every one of our patients in an at risk group a flu vaccination. For those elderly, housebound patients our nurses do home visits to make sure they get the same protection.

More detailed information can be found here, but essentially, you are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker
NHS Flu vaccine page

Childhood vaccinations

NHS vaccine schedule

The routine childhood vaccinations are now delivered in-house at Grassendale. We have taken on additional nursing staff in order to be able to offer this service which was previously carried out at local Children's Centres. The clinics are on Tuesday mornings, and appointments will be sent out to you at the appropriate time by the Liverpool Community Health Child Services department. Please note this is not a general "baby clinic" and we are only set up to administer the vaccinations at these appointments.

Pneumococcal

The pneumococcal vaccine (or 'pneumo jab' or pneumonia vaccine as it's sometimes called) protects against the bacteria responsible for the majority of chest infections, and although this can affect anyone, some people are at higher risk of serious illness and are therefore eligible for NHS pneumococcal vaccination. These groups include:

  • babies
  • adults aged 65 or over
  • children and adults with certain long-term health conditions, such as a serious heart or kidney condition

Babies receive the pneumococcal vaccine as three separate injections, at 2 months, 4 months and 12-13 months.

People over-65 only need a single pneumococcal vaccination, which will protect for life. It is not given annually like the flu jab.

People with a long-term health condition may need just a single one-off pneumococcal vaccination or five-yearly vaccination depending on their underlying health problem and the medication they take for it.

NHS Pneumococcal vac page

Shingles

You're eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old. In addition, anyone who was previously eligible (born on or after 2 September 1942) but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. When you're eligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.

The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.

NHS Shingles vac page