If you are over 75 years old, read on. If you are between 65 and 75 years old, click here.
You may remember that we recently vaccinated you with a flu vaccination for younger patients. However, this vaccine is not “activated” and there is good evidence that patients over 75 years old should be re-vaccinated.
When we vaccinated you we explained to you that there were delays in delivering the “activated” flu vaccination and therefore we would vaccinate you with the “younger people’s” vaccine instead. However, the good news is that the activated flu vaccine is now back in stock and we would like to strongly recommend re-vaccination for you.
For revaccination you may walk into the surgery any time between 9am and 6pm [Boundary House and Sainsbury’s sites] Monday to Friday .If you have difficulty getting to the surgery please let us know.
What are the advantages of re-vaccination?
- Although both vaccines should provide some protection against flu in all age groups, individuals aged 65 and over [ particularly those more than 75 years of age ] may not respond as well to the younger person’s vaccine and they would to the ‘activated vaccine’
- Re-vaccination is safe and effective
- If the previous flu vaccine has worked it is not affected by the re-vaccination.
What are the disadvantages of re-vaccination?
- Time and effort to come to the surgery
- Possibly a slightly increased risk of side effects (but this is really very low in your age group)
We apologise for any inconvenience, if you would like to opt-out of re-vaccination please contact the surgery via telephone or our website.