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NHS to use new type of flu jab next winter

From BBC - February 6, 2018

Doctors in England are being asked to order a different type of flu vaccine in time for next winter.

NHS England says over-65s should be offered a newly licensed jab called Fluad, which experts say should give better immunity to this age group.

It has an added ingredient designed to create a stronger immune response.

This is important for elderly people, because their immune systems are often weaker and respond less well to some vaccines, say experts.

Fluad has been available in Europe for years but was only approved in the UK in August 2017.

Best protection

Each year, scientists predict which strains of flu are likely to be circulating and advise which strains should go into flu vaccines.

There are also different types of flu vaccine, designed for different groups of patients.

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