If you are over 65, between 2-4 years old, pregnant, or have a chronic medical condition like asthma / COPD / heart disease or diabetes, then you are eligible for the flu vaccination. Please read the important information below regarding flu clinics for this year.
What type of flu vaccine will I be offered?
In 2018 there are 3 different types of flu vaccine:
For patients aged between 18 & 64
A quadrivalent injected vaccine (which protects against 4 strains of flu). 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.
For patients aged 65 and over
An adjuvanted injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over. Adjuvants work to boost our immune response to a vaccine and make it more effective and long-lasting The amount of adjuvant used in a vaccine is very small and has been shown to be safe, although they can be associated with minor reactions, such as a small lump or redness at the injection site.
For Children and young adults aged 2 to 17 years
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
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.
Please note that you must be booked into the correct clinic for the type of vaccine you need.
Separate clinics will be held for:
- Children and young people aged 2 to 17 years who are eligible for the flu vaccine – clinic dates to follow
- Adults aged 18-64 in a risk group – clinic dates are Saturday 15th of September and Saturday 29th of September
- Adults aged 65 and over – clinic dates are Saturday 22nd of September and Saturday 13th of October
To book an appointment, please speak to reception on 01273 559601.