Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. 

Routine vaccinations (sometimes called ‘immunisations’) for all ages are available at the surgery. You might receive a letter or a text message inviting you or your child to book an appointment with a nurse either here at the practice, or in another health clinic. If you know your child is due for a vaccination, speak to us to book an appointment. You do not need to wait to receive an invitation. 

The NHS recommends that people have vaccinations at certain times in their life. Some vaccinations are also strongly recommended if you are at risk of becoming seriously ill because of a health condition or a particular medicine you are taking. 

Most vaccinations are given in childhood and protect children against serious diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and others. As you get older you will be offered vaccines to protect yourself against other viruses such as flu, COVID-19 and shingles.  For more information about the vaccinations that the NHS offers and why they are important, go to the NHS website.    

If you are the parent of a young child, you can find information and helpful advice about your child’s immunisations on the NHS website.  

Vaccinations against COVID-19 

The COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against the virus. The NHS offers a COVID-19 booster vaccine to people who might be at greater risk of becoming seriously unwell if they caught the virus. This autumn the COVID-19 booster vaccine will be available to people aged 65 years and over, people in a clinical risk group, household contacts (aged 12 and over) of people who are immunosuppressed, carers, pregant women, and frontline health and social care workers. 

Read more about the COVID-19 vaccine and who is eligible.  

Book or arrange a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Read information about COVID-19 vaccinations in Hertfordshire and west Essex.     


Flu vaccinations 

The NHS is now inviting eligible people to have their annual flu vaccination. The NHS flu programme in England offers the flu vaccine to those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, children aged 2 to 16 (school year 11), those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems, close contacts of people who are immunosuppressed, carers and frontline health and social care workers. This is because flu can lead to 'at risk' groups of people becoming seriously unwell.   

Read more about flu vaccinations

Read information about flu vaccinations in Hertfordshire and west Essex


Travel vaccinations 

If you are planning to travel abroad, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world, such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A. 

Whitwell Surgery does not offer travel vaccinations. You can find a private clinic offering vaccinations for travel by searching ‘travel vaccinations in Hertfordshire.’ You will need to pay for these vaccinations.  

Find out which vaccines are required or recommended for your trip.