Now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free vaccination will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.
The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.
In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of Covid19 this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu vaccine to reduce the risk of caregivers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.
We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the next few months. Due to the current Covid19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff.
We will be offering Saturday clinics and evening clinics. These will be by appointment only. You will be contacted by the surgery inviting you to book an appointment. Please only call for a Flu Vaccine appointment once you have received our invite either via text message or letter.
There three types of Flu vaccines dependent on your age. Our delivery dates for each type differ so please do not worry if a member of your family is invited before you.
This year the flu vaccine is being offer on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
- Pregnant women
- People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Frontline health or social care workers
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 -64
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.