Thank you to all of our patients who attended our mass flu vaccination clinic on Saturday 12th September. The team received a lot of very positive feedback on the day and since for which we are grateful. In order to ensure that we can vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as we can, we are planning to hold another mass vaccination clinic on Saturday 3rd October after we have received our next supply of vaccine. The appointments for that clinic will be available to book from Thursday 17th September. Please note that this clinic will be run very differently to our usual flu appointments and it's therefore important that you read the information on how our mass vaccination clinic will run.
We are also continuing to hold smaller routine clinics which are particuarly suitable for patients who need a little more time, perhaps being less mobile. .
NHS England have instructed us that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you can be vaccinated at any time.
The vaccines that we will be using this year are:
For the vast majority of children aged 2-17 years we will be using Fluenz Tetra as in previous years. The product information leaflet explains more about the vaccine. For a few children who cannot have a live vaccine we will be using an alternative injectable vaccine.
For adult patients aged 18-64 we have two vaccines on order and the product information leaflets are available to read for Influvac and Flucelvax. Flucelvax can also be given to patients aged 65+ though we would routinely use Fluad for this group. The product information leaflet for Fluad explains that this vaccine contains an adjuvant which is added to boost the immune response.
Our flu vaccination special patient newsletter has more information on our flu programme