The flu immunisation season is here once again, and this year it’s a bit different. The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisations (JCVI) has recommended to the Government that people who are over 65 years of age have a different vaccination to those who are under 65 years of age. This is because there is strong evidence that this new vaccine is more effective amongst the elderly population.
The new vaccine is only manufactured by one company in the UK, so in order to meet demand, we are receiving our deliveries in three phases over September and October.
We are also receiving three deliveries of the vaccine for the under 65s over the same period, but on different dates, which makes the delivery of the vaccination programme slightly more complicated than usual and means that we’ve had to make some changes to the adult programme.
There will be enough vaccine for everyone who needs to have one, but it means that our programme will go on longer into the autumn than usual. However, everyone will have the opportunity to be vaccinated before the flu season starts, which is usually from December onwards.
All adult patients who are eligible for a free flu vaccination have been sent a card in the post with information about the flu programme. Please bring this card with you when you come for your vaccination, as it will help us greatly and save time.
As you’ll see from the cards you’ve received, we are holding two walk-in sessions (as well as bookable appointments), but this year at the practice rather than the Gild Hall. This is to make it easier to ensure that each person receives the right vaccination for their age.
The walk-in sessions are also shorter than usual as we aren’t receiving all our vaccines at the same time, as we would usually, meaning that we will have limited availability at each of these sessions.
Please don’t worry about this; we have enough vaccine being delivered across the period before the flu season starts so you will be able to have your vaccination.
We would like to thank you for supporting the practice by having your vaccination here.