Flu & Covid-19 Boosters - National and Local Vaccination Information.
Latest information from the ME Association (MEA).
Update on flu vaccinations and COVID-19 booster vaccinations for people with ME/CFS
September 22, 2021
Dr Charles Shepherd, Hon Medical Adviser, MEA, states -
Once the situation on booster vaccines for COVID-19 is absolutely clear I will be updating the current (2020) MEA information leaflet on flu vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine to also include information on the COVID-19 booster jabs.
In the meantime, almost all of the information in the current MEA leaflet on flu vaccine, which is available as a free download from the MEA website, applies to this year’s flu vaccine.
The only important addition to the eligibility criteria list is that everyone over the age of 50 can now have a free NHS flu vaccination.
The MEA information leaflet contains detailed information on how to weigh up the risks and benefits of having a flu vaccine if you have ME/CFS.
As in previous years, the type of flu vaccine given will largely depend on your age:
- The over 65s will be offered an adjuvated quadrivalent influenza vaccine (aQIV)
- Those aged 18 - 64 will be offered QIVc (cell cultured vaccine)
- Children aged 2 - 15 will be offered a live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) unless this is contraindicated
- Current (2020/21) MEA information leaflet on flu vaccination and ME/CFS
- Comprehensive information from the US CDC on current flu vaccines
The MEA’s article includes Questions and detailed Answers on flu vaccine and COVID-19 boosters:
1. Are people with ME/CFS entitled to have a free NHS flu vaccine if they choose to do so?
2. Is it safe to have a flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster vaccine together?
3. Will people with ME/CFS be automatically offered a COVID-19 booster jab?
4. Should I have a COVID-19 booster if I had a bad reaction to the first or second dose?
5. Can I get a booster jab at home if I cannot get to the surgery or vaccination hub?
Information from Worcestershire County Council.
Where can you get the flu jab in Worcestershire?
Flu vaccination will be provided by your GP via flu clinics held in your practice or your local pharmacy. Please download the list of pharmacies in Worcestershire who are providing flu vaccinations.
For Worcester City Residents
If you’re eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS, your GP practice will invite you to attend our pop-up vaccination centre at Worcester Racecourse.
Worcester City Primary Care Network (PCN). Tried and tested flu protection from your local GP. Get your free NHS flu jab at Worcester Racecourse this winter.
Worcester City PCN covers - Albany House Surgery,; Haresfield Surgery; Barbourne Health Centre; Severn Valley Medical Practice - Henwick Halt Health Centre; Elbury Moor Medical Centre; Severn Valley Medical Practice - Lyppard Grange Health Centre; Farrier House Surgery; Spring Gardens Group Practice; St Johns House Medical Centre; St Martin’s Gate Surgery; Thorneloe Lodge Surgery
Worcester News - Worcester's first mass flu-vaccination site to open at racecourse.
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