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Quadrivalent The New Standard

3rd August 2018
Quadrivalent The New Standard

The quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against the four flu strains that have been deemed most likely to cause outbreaks this winter.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A QUADRIVALENT  AND A TRIVALENT VACCINE?

In the past, vaccine manufacturers were only able to include three strains in each season’s vaccine (trivalent vaccines). The trivalent vaccine includes two types of flu A strain and one of flu B, while the quadrivalent includes two types of A and two B strains (available since 2013).

A number of manufacturers have started to produce Quadrivalent vaccines, covering all four strains. During the 2018-19 flu season the following strains are included:

  1. A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09–like virus,  up
  2. A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
  3. B/Colorado/06/2017–like virus (Victoria lineage)
  4. B/Phuket/3073/2013–like virus (Yamagata lineage) (not included in 3-strain vaccines)

During the 2017-18 season, the trivalent vaccine was widely used by the NHS, but the fourth strain caused most outbreaks during the winter, and 60% of all clinical cases. This year, quadrivalent vaccines are being more widely recommended, in the UK as well as in many other countries.

Flu Vaccinations are one of the simplest and most effective ways of protecting your health, productivity and peace of mind. Whether you are a private individual concerned about avoiding an unpleasant illness and its complications, looking for the best care for you and your family, or a company concerned about business continuity and the health and welfare of your staff, we have the practical experience and the specialist expertise to help you.

The Fleet Street clinic have been at the forefront of recommending the 4-strain Quadrivalent flu vaccination to patients since its introduction in 2013. Whether you are an individual, or representing a corporate client or a parent seeking a flu vaccination for you and your family we are committed to offering you the broadest and best choice of flu vaccinations.

Fleet Street Clinic is a multi-disciplinary practice offering a full range of medical services. Our clients range from well-known corporations in international media and the entertainment industry, to the public sector, as well as smaller, local businesses.

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