National flu immunisation programme 2021/22
We are still awaiting final confirmation of the delivery dates for the flu vaccines for 2021/22 however we do have a date for the vaccine for use in patients age 65 and over.
The remaning vaccine supply for Patients under 65 is expected early November 2021 and for children in October.
The national influenza immunisation programme aims to provide direct protection to those who are at higher risk of influenza associated morbidity and mortality. Groups eligible for influenza vaccination are based on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and include older people, pregnant women, and those with certain underlying medical conditions.
Since 2013, influenza vaccination has been offered to children in a phased roll-out to provide both individual protection to the children themselves and reduce transmission across all age groups to protect vulnerable members of the population.
The expanded influenza vaccination programme that we had last year will continue in 2021 to 2022 as we are likely to see both influenza and COVID-19 in circulation. This means that as a temporary measure the offer for 50 to 64 year olds will continue this year to protect this age group, as hospitalisation from COVID-19 also increases from the age of 50 years onwards.
As a temporary measure, the programme will also be extended this year to 4 additional cohorts in secondary school so that all those from years 7 to year 11 will be offered vaccination.
In 2021/22 groups eligible for the NHS funded flu vaccination programme include:
• all children aged two or three on 31 August 2021
• all children in School years 1 to 11 - Vaccines will be done in school. We are unable to vaccinate any child in this group at the surgery unless they are in a clinical risk group.
• those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups*
• pregnant women
• those aged 65 years and over
• those in long-stay residential care homes
• close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
• health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider.
• All adults age 50-64 years
We will be administering the following 4 recommended vaccines depending on the patient, individuals who are unable to have the recommended vaccine for their group will be reviewed by the clinical team and advised accordingly. In summary these are:
• for those aged 65 and over – the Adjuvanted Quadrivalent (Seqirus) inactivated Vaccine
• for under-50s at risk, including pregnant women, and all adults age 50-64 the Quadrivalent influenza vaccine Split Virion inactivated vaccine
• for children aged 2-17 years, theFluenz Tetra vaccine nasal suspension (AstraZeneca UK Ltd) live vaccine
• for children aged 6 months-2 years and for those aged 2-17 years who are unable to have the live vaccine, the Quadrivalent influenza vaccine Split Virion inactivated vaccine
Coronavirus impact on Flu Clinics:
There will be ONE date for patients age 65+ on Saturday 25th September. For details how to booked please read the Over 65s Invite letter
Children will be invited by text or letter to their parent/guardian.
Our staff have continued to work extremely hard this year with a big increase demand and patient numbers. This means we are unable to offer multiple dates and times for flu clinics as in previous years, every flu clinic we run requires our staff to work extra shifts on their days off. We kindly ask you to support us by ensuring you attend your booked appointment on time and adhere to any guidelines that will be in place.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping Staff and Patients safe.