‘Most effective’ flu vaccine available for islanders

12th October 2018

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Changes have been made to the Bailiwick’s flu vaccine programme, following the worst flu season in a decade last year.

A ‘more effective’ vaccine is available for over 65s in Guernsey and Alderney this winter.

We’re told older adults are more likely to suffer complications from the jabs due to their naturally weaker immune systems, but the new ‘adjuvanted’ vaccine is expected to boost the body’s immunity, preventing deaths in the Bailiwick.

As part of the broader programme, eligible adults under the age of 65, including pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions, will be offered the ‘quadrivalent’ vaccine.

The nasal spray vaccine will be extended to all 2 and 3 year olds in the Guernsey and Alderney, as well as children in years Reception, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Healthcare workers are encouraging people to’catch it, bin it, kill it’ to limit the spread of flu, by catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing it away and then washing your hands.

Director of Public Health, Dr Nicola Brink, says:

‘We know that flu is potentially a very serious illness.

‘We know that adults over 65 years of age are more likely to catch and have complications from flu.

‘By using this enhanced flu vaccine for this age group we will ensure that islanders are better protected.

‘This will also help reduce the spread of the flu virus.’

President of the Committee for Health and Social Care, Deputy Heidi Soulsby, says:

‘Last year we were faced with the worst flu season in a decade and health and care staff across Guernsey and Alderney did an excellent job caring for islanders.

‘However, this year islanders will be better protected from flu than ever before as we will be offering at-risk groups the most effective vaccine available. 

‘This is very much in line with the Partnership of Purpose with the focus on prevention and keeping people healthy.’

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