Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2019/20

NHS England made some major changes to the 2018/19 flu vaccination programme. One of which was a different vaccine recommended for patients aged 65 and over. This is called an adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV). Adjuvants work to boost your immune response to a vaccine and make it more eff ective and long-lasting. This made the flu season more complicated and meant that we had to organise separate clinics to safely manage the age groups and vaccine administration.

The Arch Medical Practice help various flu vaccination clinics in the autumn of 2018. Once again, these proved to be very successful thanks to our dedicated team of practice staff . We are extremely grateful to our volunteers who joined us on each of the large Saturday clinics.

Please keep an eye our for advertising in the surgery and online details for the this years programme. If you aren’t sure if you are eligible for this years 2019 programme please follow the attached link which will hopefully give you the answers you need https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

Public Health England Information Leaflets

We wish to raise awareness of a number of PHE (Public Health England) information leaflets that you may find useful this summer:

•During this time of year PHE encounters an increase in the number of cases of Lyme Disease, to assist you, PHE have created a one page summary about Lyme Disease (please see attached pdf below) that includes where to access additional information and awareness raising resources.

•In addition, in time for the summer holiday season PHE have published a ‘Rabies Information for Travellers’ leaflet https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rabies-risks-for-travellers through which we wish to raise awareness of the management of returning travellers who have received an animal bite abroad.

•Furthermore in relation to the risk of Rabies in the UK from bat bites, a ‘Bat contact and rabies risks’ leaflet https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rabies-risks-from-bat-bites) has been developed to ensure health professionals and the public know what to do if someone experiences a bat bite. During this hotter weather, PHE have seen an increase in bat bites being reported across England and wish to raise awareness of risk.