Welsh health officials are informing people that the supply of influenza (flu) vaccine for individuals aged ≥65 years is being staggered across the UK. The vaccine recommended for this age group is adjuvanted flu vaccine (aTIV) based on its efficacy in the elderly. The flu vaccines for adults aged
Those aged ≥ 65 years are being offered the best flu vaccine in a staggered manner between September and November 2018, which means some individuals may need to wait for a while and come back when the most effective vaccine is available for them. Typically, the flu infection does not begin to spread until mid-December so those aged ≥65 will still have sufficient time to receive the vaccine and remain protected during the winter.
Dr. Richard Roberts from Public Health Wales said: "Annual flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and it’s strongly recommended all those at increased risk of complications from flu have the flu vaccine every year – especially those aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions."