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 50, pregnant women and all those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems.
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 from the beginning of October 2021. You can book into these clinics either online or by phoning the surgery on 0161 998 3818. If booking online, please take care to book into either the over 65 or under 65 clinics, based on your age. Those aged 65 or those who will be 65 before the end of March 2022 should book into an over 65 clinic.
Our clinics are starting slightly later this year due to concern raised that having the vaccine very early in the flu season can have the effect that it no longer provides cover towards the end of the flu season. Having the vaccination in October or later will ensure that cover is provided for the whole of the flu season.
This year the flu vaccine is being offer on the NHS to:
- Adults 50 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 2021
- Children in Primary School
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school)
- Frontline health or social care workers
External websites for further information:
Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England – National Flu Immunisation Programme 2020 – 2021
NHS UK – Who should have the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccine overview – NHS UK
Flu vaccine FAQs – NHS UK
Vaccination tips for parents – NHS UK