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Seasonal Flu update

July
02

A needle-free flu vaccine for kids!

This season, following on from the past two years' successful introduction, children aged 2-18 will again be able to benefit from a new vaccine that comes in the form of a nasal spray. This vaccine has been used successfully in other countries for up to nine years, and is believed to be more effective in children than other standard vaccines - and there's no need for a needle! Too bad it is not available for adults! Ask us for details. As with other flu vaccines, kids need two doses, if they have not been vaccinated before.

July
02

New 4-Strain Vaccine Available

For the second year running, a four-strain (tetravalent) flu vaccine will be available - and we are pleased to be able to offer it once again. Four-strain vaccines protect against two A strains plus two B strains of flu virus, ), instead of just the usual three strains. We will offer this vaccine on a walk-in basis, with limited additional availability for corporate clients and workplace visits.

 

January
02

Happy New Year

Although both our drop-in and call-out services are winding down as the end of the vaccination season approaches, they are still running. (In the northern hemisphere, most cases of flu occur between Christmas and Easter, so if you have not yet been vaccinated, it is not too late to benefit.) We still have good supplies of all vaccines, and if you are a corporate client, thinking about next year's plans, we will be only too pleased to discuss your needs...

November
06

Egg-free vaccines now in stock!

Arrival of this year's egg-free vaccines - produced in cell culture and reducing risk and concerns about reactions for egg-sensitive individuals - completes our line-up of no fewer than SIX different types of flu vaccine for the 2013/14 flu season - the best choice available anywhere!

October
18

Manufacturing delays restrict this year's vaccine supply

So far this season, at least four of the major flu vaccine suppliers in the UK have announced delivery delays or restricted supplies - leaving several providers struggling to meet their commitments. At FluJabs.org, we are very pleased to confirm that we have full vaccines stocks, and guarantee supplies for all our clients. 

October
10

Ooops. Have you seen the "Reservoir Dogs" Flu Jab video? I promise, we are nothing like that!

Staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals made this tongue-in-cheek video to encouragehospital workers to have their flu jab this year - it proved more controversial than they expected!

October
07

More choice, More vaccine types, More vaccines in stock...

We currently have excellent stocks of standard, premium and platinum vaccines  - from our range - FIVE different types of vaccine. See "Our Vaccines" and "What's In Stock" for full details. Our egg-free vaccine is due in on 25th October 2013.

September
18

Trouble brewing over vaccine ingredients

The BBC has reported "outrage" over the fact that one of this year's flu vaccines contains porcine gelatine, which may be unacceptable to devout Muslims and Jews. There should be no reason for outrage: all that is needed is transparency over vaccine ingredients. With more than 14 vaccine brands available, and at least 6 distinct vaccine types on offer, there is something that should be acceptable to almost everyone. The only caveat is that vaccine viruses do require mammalian cells in which to reproduce - embryonated hens' eggs, or cell culture: anyone with a profound objection to every conceivable use of an animal product might have a problem with that, but it is in a life-saving cause.

September
03

Register now for a Reminder!

If you would like us to let you know when this year's seasonal flu vaccine becomes available, simply follow the links to register, or follow us on Twitter. We are always one of the first practices in the UK to receive our stocks of flu vaccine, and we'll let you know as soon as it arrives.

September
03

Vaccine supply problems loom

Making flu vaccines commercially is a tricky business, and several manufacturers have already announced short supply delays for the current 2013/14 season. Vaccines shortages, later in the season, may be inevitable. Our advice? Companies should book early to guarantee supplies and timing that suits, but there is no indication that there will be any problem for individuals.

September
02

Flu vaccination in pregnancy: more health benefits revealed

Pregnant women were identified as being at special risk of flu complications during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic in 2009, and since then all pregnant women have been urged to be vaccinated every winter. 

Researchers in the US and South Africa have now found another potential benefit of vaccination, hitherto unrecognised. A study published by the American Medical Association showed a fourfold increase in the rate of bipolar disorder, in children of mothers who suffered from flu whilst pregnant, based on a retrospective review of the mothers’ medical records. The study was prompted by a known seasonal tendency of people with schizophrenia and related mental health issues to have birthdays in late winter or early spring, and provides yet another incentive to avoid coming down with flu during pregnancy. 

September
28

Special offers for 50+

We strongly recommend vaccination against Shingles (with the new Zostavax vaccine) and also advise patients over 50 to consider being vaccinated against pneumonia (with the Prevenar 13 conjugated vaccine). Both vaccines are expensive and need a doctor's appointment, and Zostavax has been in very short supply. The benefits are huge, and if you take the plunge, we'll vaccinate you against flu at no extra cost (with one of our premium vaccines).

July
01

Pneumonia Vaccine for Adults: worth having at the same time

We are pleased to offer adults over 50 the option of enhanced protection against pneumonia with the conjugated pneumococcal vaccine. This has been used in children for many years and has successfully cut pneumonia rates in the age groups where it has been used; it is now available for adults.

September
08

Children's drop-in service

This season, we are pleased to confirm that our drop-in service extends to children over the age of 6 months, with no appointment necessary. If you'd like to know when vaccines become available, please register for a notification, or check back from time to time...

June
24

More children should be vaccinated against flu

A report in the British Journal of General Practice estimates that 7000 lives would be saved each year in the UK, if children over six months and under five years of age were routinely vaccinated against flu.

This is now normal practice in many other countries. The UK Department of Health is still evaluating the case for offering this more widely on the NHS. In the meantime, our service offers this as a simple, low cost option in the private sector.

May
15

Young and middle aged adults hit hardest last winter

Young and middle aged adults were hit hardest by last winter’s flu outbreak, the Health Protection Agency has recently confirmed. Compared with other age groups, those aged between 15 and 64 were also most likely to have visited their GPs with flu symptoms, and their rates of hospital admission were also higher. 602 people across the UK died from confirmed influenza infection, and more than 70% of the fatal cases were in people aged 15 to 64 – outside the usual risk groups for severe complications of flu.

There were also 25 deaths in children, and nine deaths in pregnant women. Only 37% of healthy pregnant women were vaccinated – most slipped through the net.

September
08

Flu Vaccine Available Now!

Our first vaccine doses have now arrived - the season has started!

July
15

More progress towards a "universal" flu vaccine

Scientists report significant progress towards the ultimate goal in flu vaccine technology - a single vaccine that could protect all of us against every strain of flu, and that would not need to be updated as strains change each year. Preliminary tests in mice show promising results, but the necessary technology will have to be tested much further before it could be used in humans. Find out more here.  

May
03

Study confirms vaccination during pregnancy protects newborn babies

A study of flu vaccination in 340 pregnant women has confirmed that immunity is passed "passively" to the newborn baby, providing protection lasting several weeks. This protection is important because newborn babies are vulnerable to flu infection, but cannot be vaccinated "actively" themselves until they reach the age of six months. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and showed that the immunity of the newborn baby closely mirrored the immunity of the mother, confirming that vaccination of mothers before or during pregnancy is a sensible way of providing newborns with protection from flu viruses.

The WHO has confirmed that this season's flu vaccines will all include protection against H1N1 swine flu.