Flu Information 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 jab 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, subject to availability.
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 will be holding several clinics for flu jabs at the surgery in the coming months, including a clinic on Saturday 10th October. To find out more about our available dates, please phone the surgery to book an appointment.
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions(including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
- Pregnant women
- 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
Please note that people in the 50-64 year old age group will not be vaccinated until November or December, subject to there being sufficient vaccines available. No appointments will be offered to this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk of flu are vaccinated first.
If you are age 50-64 and you are in one of the other cohorts which are eligible for the flu vaccination, for example if you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Flu Jabs for Children
Clinics for child flu immunisations are available at the Practice for children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020. Other school aged children will be offered the vaccination in school.