Dr Michael Mitchell MRCP FFAEM Northwood's Private GP - Company Message


Flu Vaccine 2018-19

From 2018, there are 2 types of flu vaccine available:
Quadrivalent (standard flu vaccine)
Trivalent (high dose vaccine)

Quadrivalent Vaccine is highly effective in preventing flu in children, and adults  under 65 
  • This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 who are at increased risk of flu because of a long-term health condition and for children 6 months and above 

Trivalent vaccine is for people aged 65 and over as it has been shown to be more effective in this age group



You should have the flu vaccine if you: 

  • are 65 years of age or over   
  • suffer from any chronic illness
  • have certain medical conditions including 
  • asthma, emphysema, bronchitis
  • heart disease
  • chronic kidney disease
  • hepatitis, liver disease
  • Parkinson's disease, motor disease, multiple sclerosis
  • sickle cell disease
  • diabetes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Medication such as steroids or chemotherapy or other immunosuppressant drugs
  • live in a care home
  • are a carer
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home
  • Children aged between 6 months and 17 may receive the flu vaccine. I do not recommend nasal flu vaccine spray as it has been shown to be less effective than injected vaccine

  • If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached because there's strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:
    • it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
    • it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight because of flu
    • it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life
    It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards.

The Standard flu vaccine is £25 and the Trivalent vaccine is £30







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