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Flu jab shortage fears allayed

Local health centres are hopeful that this year there will be no shortages in the supply of the flu vaccine.
Last year, there were issues with the flu vaccine supply which caused a delay in some people across the county getting the flu jab.
Last year the rush to get flu jabs at Lisnaska Health Centre brought the town to a standstill after some centres experienced shortages of vaccine.
Concerns have been raised that there would be a similar issue this year, and when asked if they had concerns about the supply, a spokesman for Maple Healthcare, in Lisnaskea, said, “We currently have supplies of all influenza vaccines and Public Health Agency do not expect there to be a vaccine shortage this year.”
Last Autumn, the Maple Health Centre in Lisnaskea organised a flu clinic, and the town was brought to a standstill due to the demand.
Once again, the Maple Healthcare is running its annual Saturday flu clinic on November 16th in Lisnaskea from 9.30am to 2pm and Newtownbutler from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Maple Health Care has already vaccinated over 1,000 of its patients this season.
The seasonal influenza (Flu) vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to adults 65 and over, people with certain medical conditions, pregnant women, children aged two and three on 31 August 2019, children in primary school and frontline health or social care workers. All children attending Primary School will be offered the vaccine in school.
The spokesman for Maple Healthcare continued, “all practices are making strenuous efforts to protect their patients by offering the vaccine by running flu clinics and offering the vaccines when patients attend.
“Having the flu vaccine is a safe way to reduce the risk of getting flu. The flu vaccine cannot cause flu although a few people may feel slightly unwell after getting the flu vaccine but this does not mean that they have got flu.
“It is important to get the flu vaccine each year as the flu virus changes slightly from year to year and so last years flu vaccine will not protect against the virus circulating this year.”

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