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Prevention is better than cure – and vaccination against diseases is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from a number of dangerous and even life threatening infections, both at home and abroad. Let Privé Health make the experience of getting a vaccination a little more comfortable. Our nurses do everything they can to make vaccinations quick and painless, and our carefully chosen GP practices offer a pleasant family environment.

Here are some handy pointers to help with your booking:

1. Know your vaccinations

Be sure you have all the information you need about the vaccinations we offer before making a booking. On this page you will find prices, dosage information and specific information about the vaccines and the viruses they protect against.

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VACCINATION FEES

Meningitis B(BEXSERO) £150 per dose
Chickenpox(VARIVAX) £80
BCG(NOT AVAILABLE) £n/a

VACCINATION FEES CONTINUED

HPV(GARDASIL) £170
Shingles(ZOSTAVAX) £175
Meningitis ACWY(MENVEO) £85
Check your dosage schedule

Many vaccinations require more than one dose and the dosage schedules vary according to a number of factors including vaccination type and the age of the patient. Your nurse will give you all the information you need but please use our table below as a guide:

 

Meningitis B

2-6 months old?

4 doses in total. Doses 1-3 a month apart, dose 4 at 12 months old.

6-11 months old?

3 doses in total. Doses 1-2 a minimum 8 weeks apart, dose 3 any time in the second year of life.

12-23 months old?

3 doses in total. Doses 1-2 a minimum of 8 weeks apart, dose 3 a year after dose 2.

2 years & above?

2 doses in total. Doses 1-2 a minimum of 8 weeks apart.

Meningitis ACWY

One dose required

A single dose is required for those over the age of 1 to offer up to 5 years of protection. The vaccine is particularly indicated for teenagers and first time students.

For Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage

A certificate of vaccination for the Meningitis ACWY vaccination is required for all adults and children over the age of 2 years arriving for the purpose of Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage. Vaccination should be at least 3 weeks before travel.

Chickenpox

0-11 months old?

The chickenpox vaccine is only intended for those over the age of 1.

12 months +?

2 doses in total. Doses 1-2 a minimum 4 weeks apart.

Working or studying in USA?

Some healthcare workers or those studying in the USA may be required to have had the chickenpox vaccination.

Already got chickenpox?

If given up to 5 days after exposure to chickenpox, the vaccine has been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms, provided that person has not had the infection before.

Influenza

One dose required

A single dose is required to offer protection during flu season.

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B

Hepatitis A

2 doses given 6-12 months apart to provide up to 25 years protection.

Hepatitis B

4 or 5 vaccines are needed in a life time dependent on circumstances.

HPV - Human Papillomavirus

Under 18?

The HPV vaccine is now given to many girls at school. 2 doses are given to under 18s.

Aged 18+?

3 doses are given over 6 months.

Vaccinations Explained

We have put together some useful information to help you understand how vaccines work, what the different vaccines protect against, what the various bugs can cause and also some interesting things that are “good to know”:

 

What are vaccinations and how do they work?

How do they work?

A vaccination is the administration of a substance, called vaccine, to your body. This vaccine usually contains either a bug in an inactive form (dead or weakened), or parts of the bug, or a very similar bug. It causes your body to create an immune system memory, helping to fight off the bug next time you encounter it. Vaccinations work with your body to help fight off future infections. And they do not just protect yourself, but also people around you as you will not spread any infection, especially to anyone vulnerable: children, people with underlying illnesses and the elderly.

Why is more than 1 dose often required?

Some vaccinations need to be given a number of times to elicit an initial lasting memory, and some need to be repeated in regular intervals to keep the immune system up to date. Most vaccines can be given at the same time if more than one are required, but exceptions might apply with certain combinations including live vaccines such as BCG, so please speak to your healthcare provider about any other planned vaccines. It is also important to remember that certain circumstances might require your vaccination to be postponed or altered, including certain illnesses, known allergies and medications, so please bring any relevant information with you.

Are there side effects?

All vaccinations have a very small risk of side effects including failure. Your health professional will explain the specific issues related to the vaccine you will receive.

Meningitis B and ACWY

What is the bug?

These vaccines protect against Neisseria meningitides or “Meningococci” bacteria. There are about 12 types, and no single vaccine has yet been able to protect against all of them. The types A, B, C, W and Y are the most common, so vaccines have been developed for these.

What can it cause?

These bugs can cause meningitis. This is a condition in which the skin layers around the brain are inflamed. Several different viruses and bacteria can be the cause, but Meningococci are often the culprit. Meningitis can lead to brain damage, hearing loss and death, as well as septicaemia, which means a spread of the bacteria through the blood stream into all body areas. This condition can cause the loss of fingers, toes or whole limbs, but often leads to death within days or even hours..

Good to know

Meningitis is particularly common in children, adolescents and young adults. As many bugs can cause meningitis, everyone should be aware of the symptoms even once vaccinated.

Chickenpox and Shingles

What is the bug?

Both of these are due to the same virus called Varicella zoster virus (VZV). The difference between the vaccinations is in the amount of virus in the vaccine for the different conditions.

What can it cause?

The first infection with this virus causes chickenpox, and afterwards some of the virus usually survives by hiding in the nervous system, kept at bay by the body’s immunity. If the immune system is stressed, the virus can reactivate and cause a blistering and painful rash. This rash is commonly limited to the area the nerve has connections with, the so-called dermatome. Unfortunately, both chickenpox and shingles can have significant complications, and can affect the unborn if a pregnant woman becomes infected for the first time.

Good to know

Chickenpox is highly contagious – 15 minutes in the same room with an infected person is enough to catch it, and this can happen before any rash is visible.

Shingles can cause chickenpox in people who did not have it before, but it usually needs direct contact with the shingles rash itself or with the fluid from the rash.

Influenza

What is the bug?

Influenza, or “flu”, is caused by the Influenza virus. Not only are there different “types” of the virus, but they also change their characteristics from year to year, which means that an annual vaccination is required to keep up to date.

What can it cause?

Flu is mostly an upper airways infection with a runny nose, cough and sore throat as well as general symptoms such as fever, muscle pains and lethargy. At times, it can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Most people get better after a while, but some have significant complications such as pneumonia, heart, brain or muscle inflammation and sepsis.

Good to know

There is surprising evidence that having the flu vaccination might reduce the risk of stroke!

BCG and BCG Mantoux Test

What is the bug?

BCG stands for Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, a bug closely related to the one that causes Tuberculosis (TB). This makes it an unusual vaccine as it does not contain the TB bug Mycobacterium tuberculosis, but it confers a good chance of immunity.

What can it cause?

Mycobacterium tuberculosis causes TB. In the UK it is generally caught by breathing in infected air with tiny droplets containing the bug, usually after prolonged contact such as living with an infected person. The bug can be fought off by the body straightaway, but often remains, fenced in by the body’s protective cells. This is called “latent” illness. The bug can then either die, or overcome the body’s immunity especially when it has been weakened, and cause “active “TB in any organ, but most commonly in the lungs. Very rarely, the bug can cause “active” TB without the “latent” phase. Symptoms of TB are often vague such as weight loss, fever and fatigue, often associated with a persistent cough. Untreated, TB progresses and may be fatal after some time.

Good to know

It is assumed that on average, a person with untreated and active TB can infect up to 15 other people each year without knowing. A combination of drugs is usually required to treat the bug, and it needs several months of treatment to achieve a full recovery.

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B

What is the bug?

Hepatitis describes an inflammation of the liver. The most common viruses causing this condition are labelled A, B, C, D and E. Depending on the type of virus, the progress of the disease varies. The most important hepatitis causing virus types are A and B, both of which can be vaccinated against safely and effectively.

What can it cause?

Symptoms of Hep A are usually delayed by around four weeks after initial infection and can include jaundice, fatigue and abdominal discomfort. Most people recover well after a couple of months, but in rare cases the infection keeps going for longer, and very rarely it can lead to liver failure.

Hep B might have few or no symptoms, but usually causes a flu like illness. Over a long time, it can lead to scarring of the liver and liver cancer.

Good to know

Hep A can be caught usually by ingesting the virus – eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water – but other contact can also transmit the virus, e.g. sex.

Hep B is caught through exposure to infected bodily fluids such as blood. Hep B vaccination also provides protection against Hep D, as Hep D is usually only seen in patients with Hep B.

HPV - Human Papillomavirus

What is the bug?

HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus – there are 150+ types of HPV! The vaccine contains the four most important types.

What can it cause?

HPV is responsible for warts and cell changes leading to cancer, particularly on the neck of the womb (cervical cancer). The vaccine protects against the two most common cancer causing types, and the two most common genital warts causing types.

Good to know

Women who have had the vaccination still will need their regular smear tests, as the vaccine is not protecting them against all types of HPV.

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