Flu vaccination 2020
The annual flu vaccination campaign is carried out mainly in October and November. Flu can be serious and each year thousands of people go to hospital and hundreds die. It is more important than ever to have your flu vaccination this year. While the vaccine cannot protect you against coronavirus (the coronavirus vaccine is being developed), it’ll help the NHS cope better through the winter months.
Who is eligible for a free annual NHS Flu Vaccination?
- adults 65 years and over (including those who will be 65 by 31st March 2021)
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020 (that is, children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018)
- children in primary school and year 7(this group will be vaccinated in school)
- frontline health or social care workers
- shielded patients and their households
Patients Aged 50 – 64
Please be aware that flu vaccination for patients aged 50-64 who are not in a high risk group will be at a later date. We are waiting for further government advice on this.
For further details - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
If you would like the vaccination, please phone our reception to make an appointment in one of our flu clinics. Please avoid ringing before 11 am as this is our busiest period.
Our main flu clinics are on:
- Saturday 3rd October (morning) – specifically for children 2-3yrs old and age 6months to 17years in at risk groups
- Saturday 17th October (morning) – specifically for patients who are shielding and their household members who are registered at our practice
- Saturday 17th October (afternoon) – all
- Saturday 31st October (morning) – all
- Saturday 14th November (morning and afternoon) – all
- Saturday 28th November (morning) - all
This appointment will be to have the vaccines ONLY. If you have any other health problems please contact the practice on the above number to get appropriate help. The clinics will be run in a different way this year due to COVID – please read the important information: HERE
If you are under 18 years old you will be offered the flu vaccine in the form of a nasal spray, unless you are unable to have the nasal spray and then we will discuss the alternative. Additionally if you are in certain risk groups you may be offered additional vaccines such as pneumococcal or shingles.