Flu Vaccination Campaign 2020/2021
As autumn approaches in the coming months, 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 coronavirus 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 vaccination 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 COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff.
The practice currently have pre-bookable appointments available for those patients aged 65 and over and those aged from 18 – 64 with a long term health conditions. The practice is required to order their vaccinations a year in advance, and is awaiting further information from NHS England regarding the Governments directive of immunising all patients between the ages of 50 and 64, should you fall into this category we will place your name on a waiting list and contact you when we have further information.
This year the flu vaccine is being offer on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 and over appointments available to book on line via Systmonline or the telephone
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months). More information can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/
- 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
- Children in Primary School
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school)
- Frontline health or social care workers
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 – 64
Clinics for the new 2020 cohort of eligible patients aged 50-64, who do not have an long term health condition (visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/) please contact the surgery as previously advised.