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Any patients who are entitled to receive the Seasonal Flu vaccine and have not yet attended the flu clinic should ring the surgery on 02890 602931 and book an appointment with our practice nurse.

At Risk Catagories:

Diabetes

Chronic Neurology

Chronic Respiratory

Immunosuppressed

Chronic Liver

Chronic Heart Disease

Carers

Over 65

Pregnant

Pre-School

 

 

Vitamin D Advice

Advice for parents of small children

  • Vitamin D is important for building healthy bones for your child, for now and for later life. Vitamin D is made in the skin under the influence of sunlight, and insufficient levels are very common in our climate, especially in children with darker skin.
  • The Department of Health advises that all children from 6 months - 5 years should take vitamin D 7.5 micrograms daily. Before the age of 6 months, their vitamin D requirements will be met either by formula milk or breast milk (the breastfeeding mother should take a supplement of 10 micrograms daily).
  • Free vitamins (as well as vouchers for milk, fruit and vegetables) are available for children from families on low incomes (www.healthystart.nhs.uk).
  • If you do not qualify for Healthy Start, vitamin D supplements are widely available from major supermarkets and chemists and can cost as little as £1 for a 3-month supply. Multivitamin supplements are more expensive and not necessary.

 

Vitamin D for older patients

  • Vitamin D is important for maintaining bone and muscle strength as you get older. Vitamin D is made in the skin under the influence of sunlight and deficiency is very common in our climate, particularly in people who do not get much sun exposure.
  • If you have osteoporosis, it is likely that your doctor will have suggested a vitamin D supplement. However, the Department of Health now recommends that everybody over the age of 65 take a vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms daily, even if they have never broken any bones. This helps protect against thinning of the bones and fractures in later life.
  • Vitamin D supplements are widely available from major supermarkets and chemists and can cost as little as £2 for a 3-month supply. Multivitamin supplements are more expensive and not necessary.

 



 
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