Important Information For Over 65 Year Olds

Important Information For Over 65 Year Olds

When you go to your General practice for your annual flu vaccination, please ask for the free shingles vaccine available for you from the 1st of April 2018.

Shingles is caused from the Chickenpox virus which lays dormant in your system and can occur at any time but is more common in people over 50 years of age- with 2/3’s of cases being reported in 1 of every 2 people by the age of 85 years.

Whooping cough outbreak: Babies and infants most at risk if not immunised

Whooping cough outbreak: Babies and infants most at risk if not immunised

Dr Andrew Lindsay, Medical Officer of Health with the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service, urges parents and caregivers of young children, pregnant women and every person who has close contact with young children or pregnant women to check their whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination status and get vaccinated as soon as possible before heading off for holiday travel and family events.

“The whooping cough outbreak continues in the Nelson Marlborough region and has been declared a national outbreak,” Dr Lindsay says.

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