The New Dispensary encourages everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccination against flu on the NHS to take advantage of this. Flu is a nasty virus which can cause unpleasant symptoms such as fever, headache, cough, muscle pain and extreme fatigue. Flu can also lead to complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and the impact of these conditions can be significant.
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. This makes the vaccines as effective as possible as they are designed to target the most common flu strains each year.
This year, the national programme includes an adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) vaccine for those people over the age of 65 years. This vaccine has been used widely in Europe, Canada and the US and has been shown to offer a greater level of protection than the vaccine used previously for people of this age.
Those aged between 18 and 65, who are at risk of catching flu, will receive a quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) which protects against four strains of flu.
Children eligible for a vaccination should receive a quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), which is a nasal vaccine. All children who were born on or after 1st September 2014 and on or before 31st August 2016 are eligible for vaccine at The New Dispensary as well as those older children who receive a letter of invitation for flu vaccine from The New Dispensary (all primary school aged children born between 1.9.2008 and 31.8.2014 will be offered vaccination at school). It is important to note that the effectiveness of this vaccine is good and that children under the age of 5 have the highest rate of hospital Admission for flu of all age groups.
We have now sent out letters to all eligible patients over the age of 18 to book in for their flu vaccination. We are running scheduled appointment-only clinics which need to be booked in advance and you must specify which vaccine you need (this is stated on your invitation letter). You can book your appointment online, however if you have not signed up for this service you can do so by completing a form available on our Online Services page. Alternatively please call our reception desk after 10am to book your appointment.
Please help us by booking an appointment for your flu vaccination when invited to do so.