Over-65s to receive new flu vaccine after previous ones found 'ineffective'

Here's how to get the new flu vaccine

Here's how to get the new flu vaccine

Pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems should consult their doctors before receiving any type of vaccine.

Flu is far more unsafe in old age.

The broader flu vaccination programme is also set for improvement by offering all eligible adults under 65, including pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions, the "quadrivalent" vaccine in injected form, which will protect against a total of four strains of flu: two strains of flu A and two strains of flu B.

Meanwhile, the childhood vaccination programme will be expanded so children from age two up to Year 5 in primary school are offered a flu nasal spray.

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

The formula will be available for people aged 65 and over but all eligible age groups are being asked to get a free vaccine.

The campaign will be one of the first to roll out under the newly launched "Help Us Help You" brand.

Those eligible are encouraged to get their free vaccine from their GP or pharmacy before the end of November to protect themselves and their families before the peak flu season.

"Having the vaccine only takes a few minutes out of your day and offers protection against a virulent virus, potentially stopping both you and your loved ones and carers from falling ill too".

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Children are seen as flu "super-spreaders" - in part due to worse hygiene - so the childhood programme is created to protect both children and anyone they come into contact with. Older people are more likely to suffer complications from the flu.

University Health Services will begin administering flu vaccines on September 25, said Kathy Mosteller, associate director for nursing and clinical operations. And as always, cover your coughs and sneezes. "At risk" groups who display flu-like symptoms may wish to consider calling NHS 111 or their GP.

There is no cure for flu. Getting the vaccine if you are eligible and practising good hand hygiene is the best way to prevent yourself from getting flu.

The flu vaccine typically becomes available in early October.

Flu shots are available at local pharmacies and at PHD in Hayden, 8500 N. Atlas Road.

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

Health officials hope to achieve "near universal" coverage of frontline staff this year to help protect patients after only about two-thirds (68.7%) received the flu jab last winter.

Prof Paul Cosford, from Public Health England, told the BBC: "This looks like it is going to be is a significant improvement and quite a step in our battle against flu each winter".

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