Patients confused over new flu vaccines

GPs are being warned to expect to see more patients who are confused over the difference between trivalent and quadrivalent formulations of the flu vaccine, with the latter becoming available for the first time in 2015.

NPS MedicineWise says it is experiencing a spike in calls to its Medicines Line from people asking whether the quadrivalent vaccine is better than the trivalent vaccine.

Manager Sarah Spagnardi says: "We are encouraging callers to speak to their doctor for advice about these different vaccination options."

The new quadrivalent vaccine protects against an