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Update 04.04.2022

COVID-19 vaccinations for 5-11s

 The NHS is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all children aged 5-11, in line with the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). As well as protecting children against serious COVID infection and Long COVID, this will reduce the risk of children passing on the infection to others.

 

The practice is currently not offering vaccinations for this age group, unless they are within one of the at-risk groups who will be invited, but you can book an appointment at a convenient community or pharmacy vaccination centre. Please book online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119, free of charge.

 

For further information on COVID-19 vaccinations for 5-11s please visit the NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group website.

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It is recommended that if you are 65 years of age or over, a carer, pregnant or due to your medical condition you should have a flu vaccination, as you may be more susceptible to flu and more likely to experience complications. The flu vaccine offers a high level of protection against flu and its complications and if you are pregnant, the vaccine keeps your baby safe too. It is strongly recommended you have the vaccine as early as possible.

This year the Practice is offering two different vaccinations for adults again, based on the latest guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation who advise the NHS on which immunisations to provide.

We will be offering the Fluad® vaccination to all patients aged 65 (on or before 31st March 2021) as this has shown to be the most effective for this age group. For all patients 18 to 64 and are eligible, we will be offering the Quadrivalent Influvac® which offers protection from the four main strains of flu.

We also offer nasal flu vaccine to children aged 2-3 years and also aged 2-17 years if your child has a long term condition. These clinics will be running through September 2020 and are available to book now.

PLEASE ONLY BOOK INTO ONE OF THE FLU CLINICS IF YOU KNOW YOU ARE ELIGIBLE. IF YOU ARE UNSURE PLEASE CONTACT RECEPTION.

Injectable flu vaccine (adults)

It is recommended that if you are 65 years of age or over, a carer, pregnant or due to your medical condition you should have a flu vaccination, as you may be more susceptible to flu and more likely to experience complications.  The flu vaccination offers a high level of protection against flu and its complications and if you are pregnant, the vaccine keeps your baby safe too. It is strongly recommended you have the vaccine as early as possible.

Nasal flu vaccine (children)

If your child was born between 01/09/2016 and 31/08/2018, they are eligible for a free nasal flu vaccination. Your child is also eligible for the nasal flu vaccination if they are aged 2-17 years and are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups.

The vaccine is called Fluenz and is a live vaccine containing weakened forms of the main flu viruses that cause disease throughout the world. It is given as a nasal spray – half of the vaccine being gently sprayed up each nostril. Fluenz is not recommended for any child who has a severe allergy to an antibiotic called gentamicin, gelatin, eggs or egg proteins. It would also not be given to any child with severe diseases of their body’s defence (immune) system. If this is the case, please contact the practice so alternative vaccine options can be discussed.

 
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