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Flu, Shingles and Pneumo Info

Flu season is here!

2018  The next drop-in Flu clinic for eligible  patients are to be held on

Sat 20th October 8.15am - midday.

If you are a Southbourne Surgery patient and eligible please drop in to one of our clinics. The Department of Health recommends flu vaccinations annually and pneumococcal vaccinations as a 'once only' vaccine, for all people over 65 years of age by 31st March 2019. They also strongly recommend that people in the following risk groups have the vaccine regardless of age:

Heart Disease/Chronic Respiratory Disease/Asthma/Diabetes/Kidney Disease/Immunosuppressed/Carers/Splenic Dysfunction/Pregnant Women/Neurological Disease.

Please note there are changes this year to the drop-in clinics with regard to young children.

All those children aged two and three, but not aged less than two or aged four or over on 31st August 2018 (i.e. born on or after 1st September 2014 and on or before 31st August 2016) are invited to the drop-in clinic on Saturday 20th October when specific vaccines will be available - please DO NOT bring children for their vaccines on Saturday 29th September.

For those eligible children and those who are less mobile and unable to attend the drop-in clinics, please call the surgery on 01243 388740 after the October clinic to arrange an appointment.

The 2018-19 influenza vaccine contains the following for under 65 year olds:

Qualitative and quantitative composition

- A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like strain

(A/Singapore/GP1908/2015, IVR-180)

15 micrograms HA **

- A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)- like strain

(A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016, NIB-104)

15 micrograms HA **

- B/Colorado/06/2017-like strain (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage)

(B/Maryland/15/2016, NYMC BX-69A)

15 micrograms HA **

- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like strain (B/Yamagata /16/88 lineage)

(B/Phuket/3073/2013, wild type)

15 micrograms HA **

per 0.5 ml dose

* propagated in fertilised hens' eggs from healthy chicken flocks      ** haemagglutinin.

Influenza vaccine Tetra MYL may contain traces of eggs (such as ovalbumin, chicken proteins), formaldehyde, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, polysorbate 80 or gentamicin, which are used during the manufacturing process.

The 2018-19 influenza vaccine contains the following for over 65 year olds:

Qualitative and quantitative composition
Influenza virus surface antigens (haemagglutinin and neuraminidase), of strains*:

A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09 - like strain
(A/Singapore/GP1908/2015, IVR-180)
15 micrograms HA**

A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2) - like strain
(A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016, IVR-186)
15 micrograms HA**B/Colorado/06/2017 - like strain

(B/Maryland/15/2016, wild type)
15 micrograms HA**

*propagated in fertilized hens' eggs from healthy chicken flocks and adjuvanted with MF59C.1

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