Flu Vaccinations 2020/21

Vaccinations started in September and continue over the winter months, with appointments available throughout the season (so there is still plenty of time to book).

Please note that if you are aged between 50 and 64, after 1st December we will be able to offer you a flu vaccination in addition to those patients who are already eligible due to an existing health condition.

If you are aged between 50 and 64 you will be invited to get your free flu vaccine from December and into the New Year as part of this year’s expanded flu vaccination programme.

GPs will be arranging appointments to coincide with delivery of new vaccine stock. Please be patient as we make plans for this and wait to be contacted. Please remember that vaccinations will continue throughout the winter season.

If you are in an at-risk group, you remain a priority for vaccination and should contact us as soon as possible for your free flu vaccine.

If you are a household member or a carer of a shielded patient, you are eligible for the flu vaccination. Please contact your GP practice for more information or visit your local community pharmacy.

For parents/carers of two and three year olds, you should receive an invitation for your child to have the vaccination at their GP practice before the winter. If you haven’t heard by early November, contact the practice directly to make an appointment.

For primary school-aged children and those in Year 7 at secondary school, a vaccination session will be held at school during the autumn term. Your local healthcare team will contact you via the school.

Please could we take this opportunity to remind patients to ensure that we have your correct mobile telephone number so that we can invite you individually to clinics in future.

Flu Vaccination is FREE for anyone in the following “at risk” categories:

  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability
  • diabetes
  • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
  • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2020)
  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except if children in boarding school are of primary school age).
  • those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.

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