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Flu Vaccination 2018






This year, Public Health England (PHE) made a late decision to recommend a different flu vaccination for patients aged 65 years and over, adjuvented Trivalent Influenza Vaccine (aTIV), which is proven to be more effective in this age group. The vaccine was only made available from one supplier this year, and is being delivered across the country in stages throughout September, October and November. The staged delivery applies to everyone offering ‘flu vaccinations including GP surgeries, Pharmacies and Supermarkets. 



Wickham Surgery, along with other surgeries nationally, has been unable to obtain sufficient supplies for all of our patients in this age group. There may be some availability for us to obtain more of this preferred vaccine later in November. Once stocks are exhausted locally the guidance may change and we may be able to offer you an alternative vaccine.



We have clinically prioritised our patients in line with PHE advice and will firstly be calling all patients aged over 75 years and also vaccinating our Nursing Home residents and our strictly housebound patients, and then patients aged over 65 also in ‘at risk’ categories. Appointed clinics will run as our vaccine supplies are delivered. PHE state that the vaccine will be effective for flu season even if given in November. Our doctors and nurses may offer you the vaccine if you fall into one of these prioritised categories and are attending the surgery for another reason.


Should our stocks of Trivalent Influenza Vaccine last, those aged 65-75 will be contacted as soon as is available. If you wish to be vaccinated sooner, you may be able to get a free Trivalent Influenza Vaccine at other providers such as at the Chemists or Supermarket, although we anticipate they will have problems with supply as well.


If you have received this letter you are aged 65-74, we do have a large supply of an alternative vaccine which we can give to you at the surgery. This is more effective than the vaccine that was used last year and is fully licensed and proven to be effective at preventing ‘flu. Use of this vaccine however falls outside current PHE guidance. If you would prefer to have this vaccine rather than delay your vaccination or travel elsewhere please contact the surgery and we will organise an appointment for you.


We apologise for any inconvenience this causes to you and assure you that we will keep you updated via the website and posters in the surgery, if we have an up to date mobile phone number and you consent we can also update you via a text message.



If you are strictly housebound, please contact the Surgery to arrange for you to be vaccinated at home.


Questions? Check the information on NHS Choices.



Surgery Closure

The Surgery will close the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 12.30pm -1.30pm for staff training.

3 Month free membership to Weight Watchers

Hampshire county council and Weight Watchers are working together and are inviting residents of Hampshire to join Weight Watchers for 3 months.   Click the link below for more information:-

Get Hampshire Walking

Wickham Surgery is supporting a campaign to get people walking more.  Physical activity has a positive impact on health and happiness and even small changes can make a difference.

For more information on this campaign please click on the link below:-

Walking works - did you know walking reduces blood pressure?

Hampshire county council have also organised "Health Walks" in our local area.  Please see the attached poster for more details:-

Health Walk List 2018






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