All patients aged 50+ are eligible for a free flu vaccine this year. We will be holding several Saturday clinics. The first clinic was on 18th September when we vaccinated 1061 patients. The remaining mass vaccination clinics are on 2nd October, 16th October and 30th October. We will also be holding smaller mid-week clinics for those unable to attend on a Saturday and anyone under 18. If you wish to have a flu vaccine this year please book an appointment either online or by phoning us on 01434 603627. Prior to attending please read about our mass vaccination clinics.
All children aged 2-3 years old can be booked for an appointment at the Practice and letters have already been sent to parents. Children in at-risk groups up to Year 11 can choose to have their vaccine at school or at the Practice. Older children in at-risk groups will need an appointment at the Practice.
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 been using two vaccines 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 if we have sufficient supplies. The product information leaflet for Fluad explains that this vaccine contains an adjuvant which is added to boost the immune response.