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Summervale Surgery will be holding its first flu clinic on Saturday 26th September. If you would like to book in for this please call our reception team on tel: 01460

Summervale Surgery's Dispensary and waiting room doors reopened on Monday 17 August. Please ensure a face mask is worn at all times when in the building and social distancing is adhered to. The Dispensary will be operating a one in one out policy.

Is your child starting primary school in September? NHS calls on South West parents to check children’s vaccinations are up to date.

As schools reopen in September, parents and carers are being urged to check their children have had all their pre-school vaccinations to protect them from serious diseases and help prevent outbreaks. While the majority of parents in the South West do ensure their child is fully vaccinated, some children starting school are either missing key doses or have not been vaccinated at all. 

Early childhood vaccinations are vitally important as they help to build immunity, protecting against a host of serious diseases such as some strains of meningitis, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough.

Successful vaccination programmes have helped to make such diseases much rarer, but they are still in circulation and if vaccination levels fall, the likelihood of an outbreak is increased.

Achieving at least 90% coverage in the local population is the minimum target to prevent infections spreading. Vaccine uptake in the South West is generally high but levels of the pre-school dose fall slightly short at 89.4% equating to approximately one in eleven children missing out on the vital booster to protect against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and polio.

It is particularly important that a child is up to date with their vaccinations before they start school, as this is when they come into contact with many more potential sources of infection.  

GP Surgeries and clinics have introduced a range of safety measures and have come up with some innovative ways to protect those attending appointments and all scheduled vaccinations should go ahead as normal.

Posted: 25/08/2020 15:47:00


Upcoming Events

Event: Same Skies Exhibition
Location: Ilminster Arts Centre

22nd September-10th October come and see two Painters from Cornwall and Devon, influenced by the landscape of the West Country, its wild seas and skies.

Date: 22/09/2020
Time: Daily, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm
Price: Free

Event: Ilminster Food Bank
Location: Minster Rooms, Ilminster

Please note that during the Covid-19 pandemic, referrals will not be required and the Food Bank will be available to anyone in need. If you are having to self isolate, deliveries can be arranged. In the interests of safety, we will be observing strict social distancing measures, therefore please ring the doorbell and a member of the volunteer team will come to assist you. If you wish to make a donation of food or money, please contact Lydia Munday on 01460 54145 or 07713 727605 for details of how to do so. Alternatively email the Church Office at Fresh fruit and vegetable vouchers can be exchanged at PB Fruits of Ilminster.

Date: 23/09/2020
Time: 10am to 12pm
Price: Free

Event: Ilminster Community Walk of Hope 2020
Location: Minster, Ilminster

You may know Ilminster Mum of three, Katie, who is currently undergoing treatment for a malignant brain tumour. Please show your support by joining the Ilminster Community Walk of Hope later this month, raising vital funds for further research into the treatment of brain tumours and improving the outlook for those living with a diagnosis. First one will set off at 10.30am and then subsequent walks at half past the hour, with a break for lunch, before a couple of further slots in the afternoon. If you can't make the event itself, please use the JustGiving link, within the event description, to help us smash our fundraising target. Thank you! Register today and walk with your friends, family and colleagues wherever you live. In aid of Brain Tumour Research

Date: 26/09/2020
Time: From 10.30am
Price: Free to enter

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