Influenza vaccine not provided to chronically ill patients – Family doctors

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Association of Private Family Doctors (APFD) has lamented the “uncharacteristic way” in which patients with chronic diseases who booked their yearly influenza vaccination with their private family doctors have been treated.

In a statement, the organisation said that usually, at the end of every summer, the Department of Health invites private family doctors to offer the free influenza vaccination to patients with chronic diseases. This includes patients who are restricted to their homes.

According to the family doctors, although this year’s list was delivered to the Department of Health in September, to date the booked vaccinations have not been provided to the private family doctors. They insisted that in both the October and the November vaccinations program, the patients with chronic diseases who were encouraged to book the influenza vaccination have been bypassed.

The APFD has called for a definite answer on how and when private family doctors, who take care of the majority of primary care consultations in Malta, will be able to vaccinate their many vulnerable patients.