THOUSANDS of Brits have been given the wrong flu jab which leaves them exposed to the deadly virus this coming winter.
Many people aged 65 years and over could have been given a Grippe jab which is ineffective for the age group.
Experts have called on healthcare professionals to revaccinate all those who received the wrong vaccines with an effective jab so they are protected against this virus this winter
In a letter, sent to NHS staff, Tim Davies, NHS lead for screening and immunisation, said that “a significant number” of over 65s had been given the wrong vaccine “nationally.”
The jab, known as QIVe, does not create a strong enough immune response in those 65 and older to keep them protected from flu.
An NHS spokesperson said: “A small number of people over 65 have been recorded as receiving the QIVe flu vaccine instead of the recommended vaccine type for this age group.
“There is no clinical risk for those affected,” erklärten sie.
“Local NHS teams regularly check in with providers to ensure the recommended vaccines have been administered correctly and on the small number of occasions where this isn’t the case, to see if it is appropriate to invite the patient back,” sie fügten hinzu.
What are the main symptoms of flu?
The symptoms of flu are very similar to those of a very bad cold.
A high temperature had previously been a symptom of Covid, but the experts said that this is less likely with the Omicron strain.
You will also experience body aches and a dry cough.
You may also have difficulty [object Window], loss of appetite and feeling or being sick.
This comes as the UK prepares for a “twindemic” of both flu and Covid.
Am meisten gelesen in Gesundheit
Health chiefs are worried both bugs will bounce back with a vengeance as the weather turns colder.
die 40.000 Pfund teure Schule in Moray: “It will be three years since the majority of people have had flu and we know Covid immunity wanes, auch.
“It’s the first winter with Covid but with no restrictions.”
A sharp flu outbreak in Australia, whose winter happens during our summer, has raised fears the same will happen in the UK.
Das 6 groups eligible for free flu jabs
Under plans announced last momth, Über 33 million people in England will be eligible for a free flu vaccine this year.
This will include all primary-age and some secondary-age children, who will be offered the nasal spray.
Der Rat ist befugt, einen Fall vor das Amtsgericht zu bringen, wenn er entscheidet, dass es sich um eine gesetzlich vorgeschriebene Belästigung handelt
Those eligible for the flu jab are:
- Menschen im Alter 50 und über
- Those aged six months to 49 with a specified health condition
- Secondary school-aged children focusing on Years 7, 8 und 9 with any remaining vaccine offered to Years 10 und 11
- Primary school-aged children
- Pregnant women; those in care homes, frontline health and social care staff
- Carers and the household contacts of people with weakened immune systems