Covid-19 Out of Hours News

West Shepton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5UH

Tel: 01749 342 314

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Babies and Children

This practice follows the national policy for childhood immunisation.

Cervical Cancer can be caused by Human Papillomavirus types 16 and 18- recently the HPV vaccination has been introduced into the schedule for boys as well as girls aged 12 to 13.

Up to date details on the current range of Meningitis vaccinations

Further information can be found on the NHS Immunisation Schedule website

Children’s Vaccinations Clinics - These are held regularly as are school leavers sessions.

You will receive notification to make an appointment direct from the health authority. Please bring with you to the appointment your Personal Child Health Record (red booklet), your appointment card and your signed consent form.

If you are unable to keep the appointment please let reception know in good time beforehand.



Shingles  – You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 to 79 years old. You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination. Ask at reception for information.

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

Tetanus & Polio – Protection against tetanus and polio should be kept up to date. A full primary course with a booster at 14 years of age should be followed by at least two boosters at 10 year intervals to protect throughout life.

Influenza – Annual protection against influenza is offered to patients aged 65 and over and those at high risk, e.g., with chronic heart, chest and breathing disorders, and diabetes.  

It is also available to pregnant women, carers and frontline health and social care workers. Children aged 2 and 3 will be eligible for vaccination at the surgery, children in primary school will be vaccinated through the school programme. Usually children aged 2 – 17 are offered the vaccine as a nasal spray.

We arrange a vaccination programme annually in the autumn – usually October, 

Special arrangements are made for patients who are housebound or in residential or nursing care.

NB: Since the pandemic patients aged 50 and over are also eligible for a free flu vaccination.

Pneumococcal Immunisations 


Travel Immunisations

A practice nurse will give advice on any NHS immunisations required.

Travel advice should be obtained from a travel clinic, where you can also receive any other non NHS vaccinations required. Our holiday travel page gives information about nearest travel clinics.

Useful websites (click here to visit):

Fit for Travel - a public access website provided by the NHS (Scotland). It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK

Foreign and Commenwealth Office