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Our next flu clinic is on Saturday 04th November 2017.

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 eligable and will be invited to the clinics.

P1 to P7 children will be vaccinated by the school healthcare team.

Patients will be contacted by letter or offered the vaccine when they attend their chronic disease clinics or routine appointments.

 

 

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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