Newly available flu vaccine could prevent deaths this winter


Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, a Wiltshire-based GP and a Clinical Board member of the B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire NHS Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, said: "Flu vaccinations are free for those who need them most, and they really do offer the best protection against catching flu".

The newly available "adjuvanted" vaccine is expected to significantly boost effectiveness by improving the body's immune response to the vaccine. "So some might worry that if [they] got vaccinated very early and flu didn't show up until very late, it might not work as well", he told NPR.

A new flu vaccine for the over-65s deemed by health experts to be capable of preventing deaths and significantly reducing the pressure on the NHS will be available in the United Kingdom for the first time from early next month.

Anyone aged 65 or over can get the vaccine.

Further protection will be gained by offering flu vaccine to more children this year and giving a vaccine that provides protection against 4 strains of flu to all eligible people under the age of 65.

The quadrivalent vaccine contains two strains of Flu A and two strains of Flu B, as recommended by WHO.

Flu is some distance extra unhealthy in frail age.The effectiveness of flu jabs notoriously declines as of us change into old and used to be efficient in honest one-in-10 over-65s final chilly climate.The enhanced vaccine that will likely be given this year comprises extra system created to assist aged immune programs assemble a stronger defence in opposition to flu.

Many health experts say people should start getting vaccines now or by the end of October. The programme will eventually roll out to all primary school children. This could prevent hundreds of deaths and save thousands of GP and hospital hours - I strongly encourage everyone in vulnerable groups to get the life-saving vaccine as we head into winter.

Children tend to be "super spreaders" of flu, so protecting them is crucial for protecting the rest of the population.

"Even during years when the vaccine isn't the best match for what's circulating, it's still really important to get the flu vaccine because it actually decreases the severity in people who do still get infected", Huang said.

Jabs will be offered to all eligible adults under the age of 65, including pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions.

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.

When asked if there are any indications this could another bad year for the flu, Katherine Hoyer, PHD spokeswoman, said it "very well could be".

Basic hygiene will help prevent the spread of flu - including covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, washing hands with soap and water and throwing used tissues straight in the bin.