For those considered ‘at risk’ we will soon be contacting you to book your annual flu vaccination.
From the end of September we will be hosting evening and Saturday flu clinics so, once you receive our text message, please do make contact for a quick and easy appointment with one of our nurses.
Why is Flu serious for some?
- Flu can develop into a more serious illness and could lead to a hospital stay or death
- In the UK deaths from flu has reached 20,000 during an epidemic year
- Each year 15-20% of people are infected
- Flu spreads easily
Key vaccine facts
In the UK the flu vaccine is available each year from late September or early October onwards. It is recommended to get the flu vaccine in the autumn, before outbreaks of flu have started. It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for you to be protected against flu.
The inactivated flu vaccine does not contain any live flu viruses and cannot give you flu.
In the 2018-19 season, two different types of inactivated flu vaccine will be offered in the UK:
- Those aged 65 or over will be offered a trivalent flu vaccine (protecting against three strains of flu virus) which also contains an adjuvant. Adjuvants are substances which help to strengthen and lengthen the immune response to the vaccine. This vaccine is being offered because it has been shown to work better in older adults than the standard trivalent vaccine offered in previous years in the UK .
- Adults from 18 to 64 years in eligible groups will be offered a quadrivalent flu vaccine (protecting against four strains of flu virus).