2018 Flu Campaign
This year’s flu campaign will run slightly different to previous year, and will comprise of three different Flu Vaccines.
Nasal Flu for 2-18 years.
- Healthy children aged 2-3 years will be invited to the surgery by letter. Parents will need to complete the consent form prior to the appointment, and bring the letter and completed consent form with them. Unfortunately if you do not bring the consent form with you, your child will not be vaccinated and another appointment will need to be made.
- Children who have a condition that puts them at risk of developing the flu will also be invited by letter to prearranged clinics. These children will also need a consent form in order for us to vaccinate them.
- Healthy 4-9 years olds will be vaccinated at school. If your child is within this age group but also has a condition that puts them at risk you will receive a letter from the practice inviting them to attend for their flu vaccination as a parent you can choose to have it given at school or the practice.
Adult Flu Vaccination
Unlike previous years there are two vaccines for adults, we have called the BLUE vaccine and the GREEN vaccine for ease. They are designed to give the optimum protection for patients.
The BLUE vaccine will be given to all patients over 65, and to any patient that will be aged 65 by 31 March 2019. This vaccine has been shown to be far more effective in this age group and we will be running a series of clinics from September through to November as vaccines arrive.
Public Health England have asked us vaccinate all patients ages over 75 years first – these clinics will start on 22 September. If you are over 75 please try to attend these designated clinics. If you attend and you are not over 75, unfortunately you will not be vaccinated.
The GREEN vaccine is designed for all patient aged 18-64 that have a condition that puts them at higher risk of developing flu. These vaccines are expected mid-October. Please check back for details of when these clinics will be run in Strensall and Stamford Bridge.
Dates for the BLUE vaccine:
|75+ years||22/09/18||Saturday||Stamford Bridge||12.30-14.30|
|65-74 years||10/11/18||Saturday||Stamford Bridge||12.30-14.30|
Dates for the GREEN vaccine:
|18-64 years||20/10/18||Saturday||Stamford Bridge||12.30-14.30|
Does the Flu Vaccine cause any side effects?
Like all vaccines, the flu vaccine can cause side effects. Most reactions are mild or moderate and resolve spontaneously within 1-2 days. The flu vaccine contains inactivated virus parts, which cannot cause the flu. Flu vaccines do not protect against the common cold, which has similar symptoms to the flu.
Common side effects include:
- Muscle pain
- Pain and/or tenderness at the injection site
- Redness, swelling, bruising, hardness at or close to the injection site
- Nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting
- Joint pain
- Fever, generally feeling unwell, shivering.
If you have any questions about any of the above information, please contact us on 01904 490532 for further advice and guidance.