Does Age Affect The Risk Of Flu?

Yes. If you are aged 65 years or over or you are at higher risk

Who is at risk?

  • If you are aged 65 years or over or if you are on regular inhaled steroids
  • If you have a chronic respiratory disease (including asthma)
  • If you have chronic heart disease
  • If you have chronic renal disease
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you have a weak immune system
  • If you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home
  • If you have a chronic liver disease
  • If you are a carer


Flu Nasal Spray Immunisation for Children Aged 2 & 3 

This vaccination programme is to protect healthy children aged 2 and 3 against Flu.

Influenza can be an unpleasant illness in children, with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, dry cough and aching muscles lasting several days. Some children need to go to the hospital for treatment, and it can lead to complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and a painful ear condition.   An invitation will be by letter, text message or phone call. 

Shingles Immunisations for all patients aged 70 - 75 and 78, 79 years of age

An invitation will be by letter or text message and appointments can be booked with the Practice Nurse 

Do I Need To Be Protected Against Pneumococcal Infection?

Pneumococcal Immunisation for all patients aged 65 and over and any patients who suffer from diseases of the lung, heart, liver, kidney, have diabetes, are immunosuppressed or have a cochlear implant. Invasive pneumococcal disease (pneumonia) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, especially among the very young and elderly population. This is a one-off single injection given subcutaneously or intramuscularly into the arm.

Protect your Child poster

Why Vaccinate Your Children?

As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination will help protect them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.

There are three good reasons to have your child vaccinated:

  • vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective
  • once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it off better
  • if a child isn't vaccinated, they're at higher risk of catching and becoming very ill from the illness

There will always be some children who are unavoidably unprotected because:

  • they can't be vaccinated for medical reasons
  • they're too young to be vaccinated
  • they can't get to the vaccine clinics
  • the vaccine doesn't work (although this is rare)

However, if more parents have their children vaccinated, then more children in the community will be protected against illness. This lowers the chance of a measles outbreak.


Due to children not being vaccinated, the UK has now lost its measles-free status three years after the virus was eliminated in the country.

This potentially deadly and extremely contagious infection can be prevented through at least two doses of the MMR vaccine; this is provided by the NHS and given to our own patients for FREE.

Most patients who do catch measles will recover; however, it can lead to life-threatening complications.

The majority of new measles cases have been patients that were NOT vaccinated as a child; as a consequence has contracted this infection in their younger adulthood.

If your child is able to have a vaccine, has not yet had it and overdue please call us on 01273 492255 and we can book them in with our nurse. 


If you are now an adult and you believe you are not up to date on your MMR vaccine please give us a call and we can check whether you are up to date, alternatively, you can sign up for our online services where you should be able to see any immunisations you have had.

For more information on the current outbreak please click HERE.

For more information on the MMR vaccine please click HERE.

Here at Henfield Medical Centre, we will be notified by the Children's Health Bureau when your child's immunisations are due and we will send you a letter with an appointment.

Travel Vaccinations

We no longer provide travel vaccinations and the only vaccinations we offer are:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid booster

If you require any other vaccinations relating to foreign travel Please contact the Sussex Travel Clinic to arrange an appointment.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below

 Europe & Russia  North America
 Central America  South America
 Caribbean  Africa
 Middle East  Central Asia
 East Asia  Australasia and Pacific


Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe a very useful website is available with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:-


Travelling to Central Belt Africa or South America

If you are travelling to either of these areas it is recommended that you have the Yellow Fever Vaccination.


Additional information

The following websites will give you additional travel advice

Travel Health for information of vaccinations available on NHS

MASTA for private vaccination clinics for specific country travel advice

EHIC to apply for your free European Health Insurance Card