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.
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
You will be given an appointment time to attend surgery for your flu vaccination. Patients will be asked to come to surgery alone unless you have a carer, in which case you will be able to bring one other person with you to the appointment. On arrival at surgery you will be greeted at the front door by a receptionist who will confirm your appointment time and take your temperature. Providing your temperature is within normal limits, you will be asked to take a seat in the waiting room. The waiting room will have no more than three patients waiting at any one time. The nurse will then call you in and administer your vaccination. Once you have had your vaccination you will then be escorted out of the building via a different route. This is because we will have a one way system in operation for our flu clinics which will reduce the risk of coming into contact with other patients.
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
- 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.
External websites for further information:
Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England – National Flu Immunisation Programme 2020 – 2021
NHS UKWho should have the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccine overview – NHS UK
Flu vaccine FAQs – NHS UK
Vaccination tips for parents – NHS UK