National Flu Vaccination programme for 2019/2020
The three vaccines recommended again for this year are :
o Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) - This is licensed for people aged 65 years and over. Based on strong clinical evidence, this vaccine is being recommended as the most effective vaccine for this group of vulnerable patients.
o Quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) - This is recommended for children aged from 6 months to 2 years and in adults from 18 years to less than 65 years of age who are at increased risk from flu because of a long term health condition.
o Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) - This is a nasal spray and is licensed for children and young people from 2 years old to less than 18 years of age. The age groups targeted in England for this vaccine in 2018/19 are two and three year olds (through their GP surgery) and school aged children in reception class through to Year 5 (through schools). QIV can be used for this group is the LAIV vaccine is not suitable. .
What does this mean for our patients?
Clinic dates are available, strictly by appointment :-
Over 65 years of age - Vaccines are now available in practice - please contact reception to arrange your appointment
Under 65 years of age - Vaccines are scheduled for delivery from mid October - clinics have been arranged - please contact reception to arrange
Childhood flu - Vaccines are scheduled for delivery from mid to late October - an invitation will be sent by sms text message or by letter
Please note, the practice has identified all patients in the at risk groups who qualify for a free flu jab and has purchased a vaccine specifically for those patients to ensure they are protected against flu this winter. It is important that these vaccines are not wasted.
We have also set aside specific clinic time to service the flu campaign and we would strongly encourage all at risk patients to attend a practice clinic.
Please support the practice to achieve practice population coverage against flu to protect our more vulnerable patients in the community.
* At Risk Groups:
- chronic respiratory disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), severe asthma, bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease
- weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long stay care facilities
Patients aged 70 to 79 this year are recommended to be immunised to prevent shingles.
if you are in the at risk groups for flu, you may also be entitled to a free vaccination against pneumonia.
If you are allergic to eggs you should not have the influenza vaccine (please discuss this with your clinician).
The vaccines are free to all who qualify.