Types of flu vaccine available:

This year (2020) there are 3 different types of flu vaccine:

  • a live quadrivalent vaccine (which protects against 4 strains of flu), given as a nasal spray. This is for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years eligible for the flu vaccine
  • a quadrivalent injected vaccine. This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 who are at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition and for children 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live vaccine
  • an adjuvanted injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over

If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.

Clinics:

Because there are 3 different vaccines we will be receiving these at various times from late September onwards. We will therefore be running clinics based on the vaccine type.

Clinics arranged so far, please contact the surgery to book appointments:

Thursday 24th September from 15.30, for over 65’s only. (Completed)

Thursday 8th October from 15.30, for over 65’s only. (Completed)

Thursday 22nd October from 15.30, for under 65’s only. (Completed)

Thursday 12th November from 15.30, for under 65’s only.

Now awaiting further Vaccines for all age groups – due soon.

More details will appear when we have further supplies arrive.

Mass vaccination 50-64 years:

You may have seen that the UK Government is intending to offer a free flu vaccination to all patients in the 50-64 years old category this year. If this does happen it will be later on once all existing ‘at risk’ groups have been completed. Further details will follow once we have an update, but this programme is not likely to happen until November or December.

Carers:

Among the groups eligible to receive free flu jabs are unpaid carers who receive Carer’s Allowance or who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare would be at risk if the carer fell ill.