As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu vaccination. This year, the free vaccinationwill 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 flu jab 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. We have drastically reduced the number of people we invite each session and will be filtering patients through front and back doors to ensure social distancing.
Saturday 26th September will be for our clinically vulnerable patients who have been shielding from coronavirus. These patients will be amongst the first to be contacted by us. This is so we can prioritise the members of our community who are the most vulnerable, including members of their household.If you were /are on the national shielding list and any family members require the vaccination to help protect you, please contact the surgery and we will send an invite letter to them.
- October 3rd will be for our over 65 aged group.
- Children’s flu’s will be every week and patients need to ring in to book children’s appointments.
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
- 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 ‘at risk condition’ (see NHS UK) will follow soon. These dates and times will be announced on our website.