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. There will be a large number of staff available to vaccinate patients who will be invited to enter the premises by either of the two designated entrances. Patients will then leave the building via two exits, thereby ensuring social distancing.
Starting on the 12th September 2020 we will be holding clinics for our over 65 patients. These clinics will be by invitation only. We will then proceed to offer the vaccination to who have been shielding from coronavirus. These patients will be amongst the first to be contacted by us alongside any family members they live with. This is so we can prioritise the members of our community who are the most vulnerable, including members of their household. Once vaccines arrive in practice we will then invite patients aged under 65 who have chronic long-term conditions. These clinics will be by invitation only. As in previous years we will also arrange to vaccinate 2-3year old children, who will be sent an invitation to attend a clinic.
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)
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 – 56
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.
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