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Flu vaccines available

Flu vaccines available

Sunday 02 October 2022

Flu vaccines available

Sunday 02 October 2022

HSC has announced that this year's flu vaccine is available to those who are eligible and want to have it.

The influenza vaccine arrived on the island last month and is being given to those aged 50 and over, those who are classed as being at risk from an influenza infection and children and young people aged from two to those in Year 11 at school.

HSC said people in those groups will be offered the vaccine free of charge, regardless of where they receive it. That can be at the Community Vaccination Centre, your own GP Practice or via the School Nurse Team.

Anyone who receives an invitation for a Covid-19 booster vaccination will be offered a flu vaccine as well, whether they attend their Primary Care practice or the Community Vaccination Centre (CVC) at Raymond Falla House to get it.

Residents in Alderney will continue to be able to receive their Covid-19 and flu vaccinations at the Island Medical Centre.

Anyone who has already had a Covid-19 booster and is eligible for a flu vaccine should contact their Primary Care practice to make an appointment. The CVC will only administer flu vaccines alongside Covid-19 vaccines and are unable to offer appointments for flu alone.


Pictured: GP surgeries can advise on where and when to get your flu vaccine.

Flu vaccinations for children and young people who are of school age will be provided by the School Nurse team in school, while young children who have not yet started school are eligible for a seasonal influenza vaccine free of charge from their GP practice.

The vaccine is given to very young children as a nasal spray up each nostril si it "quick and painless, and no injection is needed".

HSC did warn however that there is limited stock of the nasal flu vaccine, and there will not be any available after 23 December.

A spokesperson for HSC said: "We are encouraging all families to take up this offer, as flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, in some cases leading to serious problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

"Immunising children against flu not only protects them, but also reduces the risk of them passing flu to their parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members."

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