Influenza Vaccination 2018
Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people and can cause serious illness and death each year. Vaccination also helps to protect those around us such as family or friends.
The vaccination is free and recommended yearly for those most at risk of flu.
Due to changes in the vaccination programme required nationally by the government, the delivery of vaccinations this year has been staggered. As such the practice will be providing clinics to vaccinate specific groups.
Patient’s aged 75 and over - ONLY
We are offering drop in clinics at both our Farnsfield Surgery and Crown Medical Centre sites on Saturday 22nd September from 8:00 am – 12:30pm.
Patient’s aged 18-64 - ONLY - Drop In Clinics
Farnsfield Surgery – 27th September 2018 9:00 – 1:00 & 2:00 – 4:00
Crown Medical Centre – 29th September 2018 – 8:00am – 12:30pm
Farnsfield Surgery – 1st October 2018 – 9:00am – 1:00pm
Crown Medical Centre – 3rd October 2018 – 8:00am – 1:00pm
Crown Medical Centre – 5th October 2018 – 8:30am – 1:00pm
Patient’s aged 65 – 74
Deliveries for vaccinations for the over 65s are staggered this year due to changes to the programme. The Department of Health has instructed practices to vaccinate patients aged 75 and over first. Further clinics and details will be provided once additional vaccinations have been received.
Children aged 2-3 and under 18’s at risk
Patients in this at risk group will be contacted when confirmation of vaccination delivery is received.
Please only attend clinics for your advertised at risk groups as due to restricted vaccine numbers and staggered deliveries we will not be able to vaccinate you. Further clinics will be arranged for other groups and patients will be contacted in due course.
Please be aware, due to the nature of these clinics you may have to wait sometime to be seen.
For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/flujab or see the information overleaf.
Flu Information 2018
Due to changes in Government guidelines, this year there are two flu vaccines in use for adults at risk of influenza infection.
Adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV) is recommended for use in those aged 65 years and over, (particularly for those aged 75 years and over). This is due to a reduction in response to influenza vaccine in those aged 65 years and over in previous years due to their aging immune system. This year adjuvants are added to vaccines to enhance the immune response. Using an adjuvanted vaccine should improve protection against flu in elderly people.
Quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) is to be offered for adults aged 18-64 years old in clinical risk groups (including pregnant women and all health care workers in this age group). This is also a different formula to previous years and is also designed to promote improved immune response in these at risk groups.
The supply of aTIV for 65 years old and over is strictly regulated this year with deliveries spread out through September, October and November. This means that to prioritise those aged 75 and over, we will be holding clinics specific to different age group. Due to strict vaccine supply numbers, we will be unable to vaccinate anyone outside of the advertised clinic age group, as this may result in us running out of our supply before we have vaccinated people in priority order.
We understand this might cause some confusion, but we must follow Government Guidelines to ensure those at risk of serious illness from Flu are vaccinated as a priority, and we hope you understand.