Flu Season 2018
8 October 2018
WHAT IS FLU?
Influenza (Flu) is a contagious respiratory virus which presents symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, sore throat, fever (high temperature) and fatigue. Flu can lead to complications such as heart problems, asthma flare-ups and pneumonia. This is why it is important to get the vaccination.
Every year the strains of flu are monitored and the likely evolution of the disease is mapped. This process leads to the development of the vaccination each year, making the the vaccinations as effective as possible as they are designed to target the most common flu strains.
CHANGES TO PREVIOUS YEARS
This year there have been important changes in the NHS England guidelines for flu vaccinations. For the first time, the type of flu vaccination you receive will depend on your age.
- Patients aged over 65 will receive the adjuvanted (ATIV) vaccination
- Patients aged 18-65 (also known as 'At Risk') will receive the quadrivalent (QIV) vaccination
- Patients aged 2-17 will receive the quadrivalent (QIV) vaccination in the form of a nasal spray
- Patients aged 64 who turn 65 before the 31st March 2019 are eligible to have the adjuvanted vaccination.
NHS INFORMATION: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/
Patients will be invited for their flu vaccination by letter - Please refer to your letter for flu clinic details as we have a limited number of vaccines at any one time.