NATIONAL FLU IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME 2019/20

 

This year, three types of flu vaccine will be used in the flu programme.  This will benefit patients by ensuring that they have the most suitable vaccine that gives them the best protection against flu.  The three vaccines are;

 

  • The Adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) for people aged 65 years and over
  • The Quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) for children aged from 6 months to 2 years and adults from 18 years to less than 65 years of age who are at increased risk from flu because of a long term health condition.,
  • The live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) this is a nasal spray and is for children and young people from 2 years to less than 18 years of age.

 

PATIENTS AGED OVER 65 YEARS

Appointments for vaccination are available. 

 

PATIENTS AGED 18 – 64 YEARS ‘AT RISK’

The Practice will contact you when your vaccine is available – please wait for invitation

Vaccinations are being delivered to the Practice on a staged programme.  This means that we are only receiving a limited amount of vaccine per delivery, over a period of three months, with the last delivery being late November, which means our vaccination of patients aged under 65 will continue into December.

 

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

The Practice will contact you when your vaccine is available – please wait for invitation. 

  Supplies of Nasal Flu are restricted, with vaccinations being delivered to the Practice on a staged programme.  As a result, the Department of Health has sent clear instruction as to how Practices are to prioritise invitations and we will be following their instruction. 

 

NHS England have advised that if you are vaccinated in December, you will still benefit from the vaccine’s protective effect.  It is better to wait for the vaccine that is most effective for your age group.

 

The delivery schedule is completely out of our control and is the same for all Practices and Pharmacies nationally.  Please be assured that we will offer vaccination to all patients, as quickly as we can.  The Practice will be following national guidance, as issued by the Department of Health and NHS England.