The flu vaccination programme for 2018/19 will commence in October 2018. Invites will be sent out from late August 2018.
This year we will be running our flu clinics a little later than usual. All GP surgeries have been advised by NHS England that we must offer one of two different vaccines this year, one for everyone aged 65 and over and one for anyone eligible, aged 18 to 64 and any primary carers.
Studies have proven that the two age groups get better cover from a different vaccine. Other vaccines are still being manufactured and may be available from other sources but GP surgeries have been directed NOT to offer these to our patients as these may be less effective. Unfortunately due to the lateness of the study results, supplies of these vaccines will arrive in smaller numbers and slightly later than usual. We will be inviting patients to attend to have the most effective vaccine for them as these become available. Clinics will be running throughout October and into early November this year. There will be enough vaccinations available for everyone at risk who wishes to have it so there is no need for you go elsewhere and risk having the less effective vaccine if you are not being called until late October/early November.
The under 18s will continue to be offered the nasal flu vaccine.
Patients in the following groups are eligible for a flu vaccination under the NHS
Patients who will be aged 65 or older at 31.3.19
Type 1 & 2 Diabetics
Asthmatic patients (who have used inhaled or oral steroids within the last 12 months)
Patients who attend our COPD, vascular or respiratory clinics
Patients with compromised immune systems through disease or treatment of disease
Children aged 2,3 and 4 years old, not yet at school.
Children attending school who are eligible for the flu vaccination will be offered this by the school nurses. We are not permitted to administer this vaccination to this group.
All patients under the age of 18 (if not contra-indicated) will be offered the nasal spray version of the flu vaccination.
Patients with learning disabilities, compromised immune systems and/or mobility problems will receive an invitation at a quieter time or day from our main flu vaccination days.
The community nursing team or our own nurse practitioners will be vaccinating housebound patients as in previous years.
If you usually have a flu vaccination or are now in any of the groups above, and you have not had an invite sent to you by the end of September, please ring the surgery after 1st October to enquire about your vaccination. The vaccination programme runs until March 2019.