Winter 2023/24 Vaccinations - updated 3rd March 2024


Winter flu 2023/24

While we have completed our scheduled clinics, eligible patients may contact us to book an appointment with a member of our nursing team to receive a Winter Flu vaccination.  

This season Winter Flu Vaccinations are offered for registered patients who are:

  • Aged 65 or over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2024)
  • Aged 18 – 64 years of age considered at risk (meet the eligibility criteria outlined by the NHS)*
  • Pregnant
  • Receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • Live with someone who is more likely to get a severe infection due to a weakened immune system
  • Frontline health workers
  • Social care workers who cannot get the vaccine through an occupational health scheme at work.

 * To establish if you are in an at risk group please download our information sheet by following this link>>

Information on this year's NHS flu programme is available on the NHS England website here>>


COVID 19 Vaccinations - updated 3rd March 2024

You may be offered a spring COVID-19 vaccine from April 2024 if you:

  • are aged 75 years old or over
  • live in a care home for older adults
  • are aged 6 months old or over and have a weakened immune system.

You will be contacted if your NHS record suggests you may be eligible for a seasonal spring COVID-19 vaccine.

The Crane Valley PCN team are currently finalising arrangements for our Spring COVID booster vaccination clinics to be offered at the Community Vaccination Centre in Verwood.  Please wait to be contacted by the NHS if you're eligible.


an older man being vaccinated

Shingles Vaccinations

The Shingles vaccine helps protect you from shingles, a common, painful skin disease.

Previously, you could only have the shingles vaccine between the ages of 70 and 79. However anyone turning 65 on or after the 1st of September 2023 is able to get the vaccine after their birthday.

Please note that if you have your 65th birthday before the 1st of September 2023, you will have to wait until you are 70 to become eligible.  Eligibility will then be expanded to include everyone aged 60 and over by September 2033.

Follow this link to download and view the NHS Shingles Vaccination expansion programme schedule for information on when your age group will become eligible>>

From September, the shingles vaccine will also be available to those aged 50 or over with a severely weakened immune system.  Immunocompromised individuals who have already received 2 doses of their Shingles Vaccine do not need re-vaccination.

You do not need to get in touch with us to request a shingles vaccine as patients are contacted  when they become eligible.  However if you are eligible and think you may have missed your vaccine, please contact us>>

The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection into the upper arm. Unlike the flu jab, you’ll only need to have the vaccination once, and you can have it at any time of the year.  

For more information visit the Shingles vaccine overview page on the NHS website>>

Pneumococcal vaccine for over 65s

Protection against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections.

A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. But some people such as adults aged 65 or over are at higher risk of serious illness. 

The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It's also known as the pneumonia vaccine.

Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumoniablood poisoning (sepsis) and meningitis.

People aged 65 and over only need a single pneumococcal vaccination. This vaccine is not given annually like the flu jab.  For more information visit the Pneumococcal vaccine overview page on the NHS website:>>

Please contact us to book an appointment>>

Men ACWY Vaccination

A rare but life-threatening disease caused by meningococcal bacteria.

Meningococcal disease (meningitis and septicaemia) is a rare but life-threatening disease caused by meningococcal bacteria. 

Older teenagers and new university students are at higher risk of infection because many of them mix closely with lots of new people, some of whom may unknowingly carry the meningococcal bacteria at the back of their nose and throat.

"Fresher" students going to university for the first time should make sure they've had the MenACWY vaccine to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly.  The MenACWY vaccine is also routinely offered to teenagers in school Years 9 and 10.

Anyone born on or after 1 September 1996 who was eligible but missed their teenage MenACWY vaccine can still have the vaccine up to their 25th birthday. For more information visit the MenACWY vaccine overview page on the NHS website:>>.

Please contact us to book an appointment>>

Childhood Immunisation

Childhood immunisation is an important aspect of your child's healthcare.  For information on routine childhood immunisation, please visit our Children's Health page by following this link:>>

Travel vaccinations

Foreign travel may expose patients to certain infections.  So, If you're planning to travel outside the UK, find out what vaccinations you might need on our Travel Health page by following this link:>>

Other Vaccinations Offered by the NHS

This guide can help you understand the vaccines offered in the UK and when to have them. It also explains how they work and why they’re safe and important.  Follow this link for more information about vaccinations from NHS UK>>

If you have any questions or concerns regarding vaccinations, please contact us.