Types of flu vaccine available:
This year (2021) there are 3 different types of flu vaccine:
- 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
- a quadrivalent injected vaccine. 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
- an adjuvanted injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over
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.
Because there are 3 different vaccines we will be receiving these at various times, which have been delayed as you may have seen in the news, from late September onwards. We will therefore be running clinics based on the vaccine type.
We have clinic’s arranged as follows, call the surgery to book an appointment:
Saturday 2nd October from 08.30, for over 65’s only. (Availability)
Saturday 23rd October from 10.45, for over 65’s only. (Availability)
Further stock of Vaccines for all age groups is awaited – due shortly.
More details will appear when we have further supplies arrive.
Mass vaccination 50-64 years:
Once again the UK Government is intending to offer a free flu vaccination to all patients in the 50-64 years old category this year. This will likely happen later on once all existing ‘at risk’ groups have been completed. Further details will follow.
Among the groups eligible to receive free flu jabs are unpaid carers who receive Carer’s Allowance or who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare would be at risk if the carer fell ill.