Your flu vaccinations have been ordered. Get yourself protected from flu & support your local GP Practice.
Selsey Medical Practice is gearing up for the flu season and we want your help. Having your flu jab here helps to ensure we can continue to provide a broad range of NHS services to you.
Your vaccinations have been ordered and will be here by the end of September. Clinics will be starting on Monday 25th September 2017.
The Department of Health recommends flu vaccination if you are:
- Aged 65 or over
- A person with diabetes
- A person with a BMI >40
or if you have a long-term condition of the:
- Lungs, e.g. asthma or COPD
- Brain or nervous system
- Immune System
The Department of Health advise vaccination to be your best option for protection so if you're in one of the groups listed above, don't underestimate flu - book your jab today or talk to one of the reception staff for more information.
This year the practice will be using a quadrivalent flu vaccine which is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. In previous years patients have been given a trivalent vaccine.
For years, flu vaccines were designed to protect against three different flu viruses (trivalent). This included an influenza A H1N1 virus, an influnza A H3N2 virus and one B virus. Experts had to choose one B virus, even though there are two different lineages of B viruses that both circulate during most seasons. This meant the vaccine did not protect against the group of B viruses not included in the vaccine. Adding another B virus to the vaccine aims to give broader protection against circulating flu viruses.
Children under the age of 3 years will not be able to have the quadrivalent vaccine, they will be administered with the trivalent vaccine.
Flu vaccines that protect against four flu viruses are made in the same way as the flu vaccines that have been around for years that protect against three flu viruses. Studies have shown that vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses have a safety profile similar to seasonal flu vaccines made to protect against three viruses.
Flu vaccines cannot cause influenza illness because the vaccine viruses used to make it are 'inactivated' (killed) or attenuated (weakened).
If you see one of our nurses for your flu jab, we can also see if you are eligible for any of the other seasonal vaccinations - pneumonia (age 65 and over) and shingles (if you are eligible) and give you these at the same time. Whilst you are in having your jab we can also check and see if there is anything else outstanding that we need to do for you and may be able to do them for your to save another visit.