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Which babies should have the rotavirus vaccine?

The rotavirus vaccine is a routine childhood vaccination for babies aged two and three months. The vaccine, which is given as a liquid from a dropper for babies to swallow, can be given at the same time as their other routine childhood vaccinations. Your baby needs two rotavirus vaccinations…

Which children should have the 3-in-1 teenage booster?

The 3-in-1 teenage booster vaccine is offered to all youngsters aged 14 (school year 9). It's a routine immunisation offered as part of the NHS childhood vaccination schedule. The 3-in-1 teenage booster is given as a single injection into the muscle of the upper arm to protect against diphtheria, tetanus…

Which painkiller?

The type of medicines that you need to treat your pain depend on what type of pain you have. For pain associated with inflammation, such as back pain or headaches, paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers work best. If the pain is caused by sensitive or damaged nerves, as is the case…

Who can have the shingles vaccine?

You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old. In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes: people in their 70s who…

Who should get tested for kidney disease?

Experts suspect there are about a million people with moderate to severe kidney disease who are unaware that they have the condition. A quick simple test is available from your GP. Kidney disease usually has no symptoms until it's at a serious stage. "You can have…

Who should have the BCG (TB) vaccine?

BCG vaccination is only recommended on the NHS for babies, children and adults under the age of 35 who are considered at risk of catching tuberculosis (TB). The BCG vaccine isn't given to anyone over the age of 35, as there's no evidence that it works for people in…

Who should have the chickenpox vaccine?

Chickenpox vaccination isn't routinely available on the NHS, but it is recommended for adults and children in regular or close contact with someone who: has a weakened immune system is at risk of serious illness if they catch chickenpox Vaccination protects the person at risk…

Who should have the flu jab?

Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition. Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of…

Who should have the MMR vaccine?

MMR vaccination is routinely given to children as part of the NHS childhood immunisation programme. It can also be given on the NHS to older children and adults and babies over six months of age who need to be protected against measles, mumps and rubella, or in the event…

Who shouldn't have the flu jab?

Very few people are unable to have the flu jab, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to the flu jab in the past. Egg allergy and the flu jab People who have egg allergy may be at increased…
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