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The 2017 Flu Campaign will soon be upon us.

If you are pregnant, suffer from a chronic medical condition or are aged 65 or over, you are entitled to the Flu Vaccine. All 2yr to 4 yr old children are now eligable and will be vaccinated in the practice. P1 to P7 children will be vaccinated by the school healthcare team.

Letter and text invites will be sent to eligable patients throughout September 2017.

 

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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