The NHS has made change to the flu vaccination programme this year. There will be 3 flu vaccines for the practice to administer to different age groups. Therefore we have had to arrange our clinics differently.
Over 65 (or will be 65 by 31st March 2019)
If you are age 65 and over then you will receive the “Fluad” vaccine. This is a new adjuvanted trivalent inactivated flu vaccine which has been shown to be more effective in the elderly at providing good protection against influenza.
We will be receiving supplies of this vaccine in 3 deliveries and will organise flu clinics specifically for patients aged 65 and over around the delivery dates.
Under 65 and At Risk
You are eligible for a free flu vaccine if you are under 65 and in one of the following At Risk categories:-
- Chronic respiratory disease aged 6 months and over
- Asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).
- Children who have previously been admitted to hospital for lower respiratory tract disease.
- Chronic heart disease aged six months and over
- Chronic kidney disease aged six months and over
- Chronic liver disease aged 6 months and over
- Chronic neurological disease aged six months and over
- Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised due to neurological disease (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers).
- Patients with learning disabilities.
- Diabetes aged 6 months and over
- Immunosuppression aged 6 months and over
- Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen aged six months and over
- Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (first, second or third trimesters).
- Adults with a BMI > 40 kg/m2 (adults aged 16+).
- Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
If you are under 65 years and at risk, you will receive the quadrivalent vaccine. This contain two subtypes each of Influenza A and Influenza B virus types. This offers better protection for the types of influenza that affects younger patients.
Children’s Flu vaccine
This will not be available for us to order until October 18. Most children who qualify are now vaccinated at school. We will only be able to vaccinate children who were aged 2 – 3 years on 31 August 17.
In order to manage these vaccines we will be holding separate clinics for each age group.
Over 65s – Saturday 22 September
Under 65 and At Risk – Saturday 15 September
More Saturday dates will be available once we receive the vaccine stocks.
There will be Flu clinics with the nurses available during the week.
Family – once Children’s vaccination is available we will hold clinics where children and parents who are eligible for the free flu vaccination can attend together.
The flu stock has been ordered specifically for each age group and cannot be used outside of those age groups.