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Flu Season 2018-19

Flu vaccinations for 2018 and planning flu clinics at Fleet Medical Centre

This page is to advise you of the clinical recommendations around the most effective flu vaccine for patients for the 2018/19 NHS flu vaccination programme.

There are different flu vaccinations depending on your age at the time the vaccination is given:

      • AGED 65 AND OVER to receive the adjuvant trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV
      • AGED UNDER 65 to receive Quadravalent vaccine as used in previous years

 

This decision was made on the basis of strong clinical evidence that this is the most effective was of vaccinating our eligible patients, for further information please read the Public Health Publication Here .

NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care have been communicating closely with the manufacturer of the vaccines to ensure adequate doses are available to meet the needs of the UK population, and to achieve equitable supply for the flu vaccination programme. Should supply become a problem, alternative plans are in place to ensure vaccines are available where possible.

To manage both quadravalent and aTIV vaccine supply across the UK, there are planned deliveries to UK GP practices in three phases in October and November this year. The flu outbreaks often start around December, though we know it can start earlier in some years and flu clinics will be staggered under advice from Public Health England so that the right vaccine is given at the right time. It is important to vaccinate promptly but also not too early to ensure you are as protected as possible throughout the Winter months.

As there are two different vaccines this year, we are intending to immunise our patients in groups to ensure safety and efficiency. We will be vaccinating the majority of our patients at clinics on Saturday mornings on the following dates: 6th of October, 20th of October and 27th of October 2018.                                                                                                     

At these busy Saturday morning clinics we ask for your patience and we have plenty of staff on offer to help with queues, communication and parking. We ask as many patients as possible walk to the practice when attending these busy Saturday morning clinics.

PLEASE also be reminded that flu vaccinations are an important part of general practice income. For every vaccination that our patients receive at other settings including supermarkets, stations and pharmacies (even at our onsite pharmacy), the NHS loses vital income which supports our clinical resources throughout the year. We have enough vaccines to ensure everyone who is eligible can receive one and we have an aim to vaccinate everyone in time for Christmas. Please support us by having your vaccination provided by one of our medical staff here on site at the practice.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and we look forward to being your flu jab provider-of-choice again this year.

Flu clinic appointments will be available for booking from Monday the 3rd of September. Please telephone our reception team to book your appointment on the usual number, 01252 619000.

(Please be aware that those patients needing a shingles or pneumococcal vaccination at the same time as a flu vaccine will need a longer appointment during the week as these fast-moving Saturday clinics cannot accommodate these).



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