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Flu vaccinations - Flu (influenza or seasonal influenza) is caused by a virus (not bacteria, so antibiotics won't treat it). It can affect people of any age and attacks mainly during the winter months.
Flu is highly infectious and is spread through droplets in the air, from coughs and sneezes of infected people, which you then breathe in. Symptoms come on quickly and include tiredness, fever, aching muscles and shivering. Flu can make you feel too unwell to continue your usual activities, symptoms will usually peak after 2-3 days and you may have a lingering cough and still feel very tired for a further 2-3 weeks.
Please contact the surgery to make your appointment if you meet the following criteria:
People aged 65 and over
Asthmatics (if you require continuous or repeated use of inhaled steroids)
Chronic respiratory disease
Chronic heart disease
Chronic liver disease
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic neurological disease (stroke or TIA)
Shingles vaccinations V accination for people aged 70, 78 or 79 (as of 1st September 2014) against shingles is recommended. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus. Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable, some people are left with long-lasting pain for years and very occasionally, shingles can be fatal.
We will also be offering the shingles vaccination to our patients aged 70, 78 or 79. Patients outisde of these ages will be called for vaccination at a later date. More information on the shingles vaccination can be found at www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations.
Mere has had general medical services for many years, previously served by single handed doctors in their homes, we moved to the current purpose built premises to meet the demands of modern medicine in 1990.
We aim to combine the best of a traditional country practice with the best of the new NHS. Our small size allows us to provide a very personal service and we value continuity of your care. We encourage you to remain with one doctor for a particular problem.
We deliver a versatile range of appointments to suit your needs, the range includes routine or same day appointments, morning, afternoon and evening opening times and we aim to allow easy access to your doctor or nurse on the telephone also.
Being so far from a hospital, we bring many services into our surgery saving you travelling time, parking issues and the like. We particularly value our in house physiotherapy service, and the visiting specialists that use our premises to consult. We value our good communications with hospital specialists and hope that we can help any medical journey run smoothly.
(Site updated 16/12/2014)