New flu vaccine available for those aged 65 and over this winter

New flu vaccine available for those aged 65 and over this winter

New flu vaccine available for those aged 65 and over this winter

This year, a newly-available adjuvanted vaccine will be offered to those over the age of 65, protecting against three strains of flu.

The vaccination programme will also be improved by extending the nasal spray vaccine offering to primary school children in year 5 (650,000 extra children), meaning the vaccine will be offered to children in years reception, 1, 2,3, 4 and 5.

When this happens, evidence suggests that an additional 63,000 GP consultations could be prevented each year.

"It's best to get your flu shot by the end of October, if possible", Hoyer said.

Eligible adults are encouraged to get their free vaccine from their local general practice or pharmacy before the end of November to protect themselves and their families before flu reaches its seasonal peak. Getting vaccinated before flu season strikes may well offer the best protection, says the CDC.

PHD encourages everyone over 6 months to get their flu vaccine, as thats the best way to protect yourself.

Adults with chronic conditions need the flu vaccine because people with respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular problems like chronic heart disease or angina, or have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely to die.

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Some NHS staff choose not to get the flu vaccine because they wrongly believe it could make them ill, England's top nurse has said.

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include a fever, chills, cough, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Most people recover with rest in a week, but people with chronic conditions or who are over 65 should call NHS 111.

There is no cure for flu. "Getting the vaccine is your best weapon to prevent it". She talked about: "Confronted with the worst flu season in a decade, NHS staff final chilly climate did a important job providing fancy sufferers."This year, the public will likely be greater stable from flu than ever sooner than, with at-nervousness groups being equipped the finest vaccine accessible and every member of NHS staff anticipated to get their jab". The cost is slightly more or about the same as existing flu vaccines.

We can not predict with certainty which strains will circulate in the United Kingdom this winter.

Although flu shots may not always be effective in counteracting the strain of influenza spreading in a community, the vaccine can still be helpful, Huang said.

A FLU vaccine given out to pensioners in Swindon this winter should prove more effective, health chiefs have said. "But the influenza experts in this country have not concluded that we should use it throughout the whole population".

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