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Flu Vaccines From Murrays Pharmacy

2016-09-30T07:29:57+00:00 September 25th, 2016|Vaccinations|

Flu Vaccines – what are they and why you might need them? You don’t need to go to the GP’s surgery for your flu vaccination; it can be done at your convenience at your local Murrays Pharmacy from this September. The following information will help you decide if you would benefit from a flu vaccination. Should I have the Flu Vaccination? Anyone who falls into one of the following high-risk categories should consider having the flu vaccination. • You are over 65 • You are pregnant • You have asthma or lung disease • You have chronic heart disease • You are diabetic • You have a chronic kidney condition • You have a chronic liver condition • You have had a stroke • You have an illness or are taking medicines that lower your natural defenses Can I get a flu vaccine even if I am not ‘high risk’? Yes, for a small fee you can have a flu vaccination at Murrays pharmacy even if you are not in an, ‘at risk’ category. This could help avoid an unpleasant episode of flu disrupting your winter. What if I’m not sure whether to have the vaccine? You can speak to a pharmacist at Murrays pharmacy to help you decide whether the vaccine is right for you. Do I need a flu vaccination every year? Yes, the strains of flu vary from year to year so, for the best protection, it is vital to receive this year’s vaccination. Are there any side effects to the flu vaccination? Most people do not experience any side effects from the vaccination. However, a few people may experience mild symptoms including aches and pains, fatigue, or a rash at the injection site. These will usually go away within a day or two, but if symptoms [...]

New Malaria Vaccine discovered could save millions

2017-04-21T11:13:32+00:00 August 20th, 2013|Malaria, Medication, Vaccinations|

“Scientists herald early-stage clinical tests as the most promising yet in the global war on the world's biggest killer,” (malaria) is the exciting news on the Sky News website. The story comes from a fascinating study testing an experimental malaria vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum – the most deadly of the malaria-causing parasites. Malaria is a highly infectious disease, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent this deadly disease which kills over 600,000 people annually, most of them children. Previous research has found that people who received more than 1,000 bites from irradiated mosquitoes developed some level of immunity against malaria. While using this method is obviously impracticable in a real world setting, it did give the team involved in the study the idea of using the parasites that infect mosquitoes to create a vaccine. The study found that of 15 volunteers who were given higher doses of the new vaccine, 12 were protected against infection by the malaria parasite when exposed to bites from infected mosquitoes three weeks later. This is a tiny, early stage study and its results need to be replicated in larger trials. Nevertheless, the results are a promising step forward in the long and often frustrating journey to developing a malaria vaccine. Where did the story come from? The study was carried out by researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in the US. It was funded by the same institute and published in the peer-reviewed journal: Science. The Mail Online’s headline that the vaccine had proved “100% effective”, while technically accurate, is not as impressive as it sounds. It neglected to mention that this was only the case in the six volunteers who received the highest dose of the vaccine. Other than that, the Mail’s [...]

Swansea measles, epidemic cases rise to 1,039

2017-04-21T11:13:32+00:00 May 2nd, 2013|Vaccinations|

The number of cases in the Swansea measles epidemic has risen to 1,039, an increase of 28 in the past two days. Public Health Wales (PHW) said across Wales the total has reached 1,170, and 85 people have been hospitalised. It said that 33,000 non-routine MMR vaccinations have been given around the country during the outbreak. But it said that too few 10-18-year-olds were receiving the jab, and they were the hardest hit by the epidemic. Large numbers of children in that age group were never given the MMR vaccine, the result of a scare that caused panic among parents. It followed research by Dr Andrew Wakefield in the late 1990s which linked the vaccine with autism and bowel disease. His report, which was published in The Lancet medical journal, was later discredited, with health officials insisting the vaccine was completely safe. But PHW said it was concerned that many of those children were still unvaccinated and urged their parents to ensure they now received the jab. Of the 33,000 non-routine vaccinations given across Wales during the outbreak, only about 8,000 of those were in the 10-18 age group. This still leaves almost 43,000 unvaccinated. Wales measles map - April 2013 This series of maps shows how suspected measles cases have increased between November 2012 and April 2013. Each case represents a doctor's diagnosis and is not laboratory confirmed. Dr Marion Lyons, director of health protection for PHW, said: "The efforts to vaccinate susceptible young people children across Wales have been excellent, with non-routine vaccinations being given in their thousands by GPs, in schools and in emergency drop-in clinics. "This undoubtedly will have reduced the length and severity of the outbreak, but the number of unvaccinated people in the hardest hit age group remains a cause for concern." She added: [...]