Flu Vaccinations 2018

Flu vaccines 2018 – information for practices who do not have orders for aTIV in place Public Health England (PHE) have recently released updated advice on influenza vaccines (link) https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/732759/PHE__Inactivated_influenza_vaccine_information_for_healthcare_practitioners.pdf.

They advise that the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV, brand name Fluad®) must be given to patients over 65 years, as published data indicates that the adjuvanted vaccine has higher immunogenicity and effectiveness than non-adjuvanted vaccines in the elderly. The advice of PHE and NHS England is therefore that QIV should not be offered to those aged 65 years and over, other than in exceptional circumstances. In the event that aTIV is not available, and is highly unlikely to become available, QIV may be offered as a second line option. Before offering the second line option, however, individuals should be sign-posted to other providers to access the recommended vaccine, as appropriate. This may include community pharmacies or other GP practices. This should be coded as an alternative provider. Additionally, PHE advise that if limited aTIV stock is available, those aged 75 years and over and those aged 65-74 years with an underlying clinical risk factor should be prioritised for vaccination. Once these groups have been covered, all other 65-74 year olds should then be targeted. If issues arise with this route, please email the Medicines Management. EALCCG.MedicinesManagementTeam@nhs.net who can provide support.

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • over 65 years of age   ( Please go to the nearest Pharmacy to have it done due to shortage of TIV Flu vaccines this year )
  • pregnant    ( Please check with the surgery )
  • a main carer for an older or disabled person​
  • living in a residential or nursing home​ ( PLease check with the surgery)
  • or have:
    • a serious heart or chest complaint, including asthma
    • serious kidney disease
    • diabetes
    • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
    • if you have ever had a stroke
  • ALL healthy children who are aged 2 and 3 years of age on 31st August 2017 – this is in the form of a nasal spray.

Contact the surgery on 020 8567 1121 to book your Flu Vaccination. Our Practice is one of the Practices in Ealing, unable to get TIV Flu Vaccines for 65Y and over due to shortage of Influenza Vaccinations supply. Please read the guidance mentioned above.

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