Public Health England – Updated Guidelines on the Flu Vaccine 2015/2016
Influenza vaccine is used to protect the population who are most at risk of serious illness or death should they develop influenza.
The groups with the highest risk of catching it are children aged six months or less, older people and people with health problems.
The disease is characterised by the sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, myalgia and extreme fatigue. Other common symptoms include a dry cough, sore throat and stuffy nose. But there is a risk of serious illness and health complications for some people.
The main risk groups include people over 65 years, pregnant women, and people in long-stay care facilities.
The key areas the Department of Health want to improve in 2015/16 are:
- At least 75% uptake for people aged 65 years plus.
- At least 75% uptake for people aged under 65 in risk groups.
- At least 75% uptake for health and social care workers.
In order to provide people with optimum protection, the vaccination should be carried out as early as possible from the third quarter in the year. It must be repeated annually in order to protect against the current strains of the virus.
For clinical information on flu vaccines please consult the ‘Green Book’: http://tinyurl.com/phhqkh7
Flu vaccines will be available to order from Ashtons for the coming winter season, and should be available for dispatch from late September onwards.
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