The government, concerned that flu and COVID-19 potentially circulating together this winter will be a dreadful combination leading to many excess deaths and hospital admissions, are launching a campaign to encourage all over 65s and those in ‘at risk’ groups (pregnant women, diabetics, those with COPD, asthma, kidney and heart problems and those who are immunosuppressed) to have their flu vaccine this year in particular.
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 of age)
- 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
- These groups will be given priority when our vaccine arrives in late September
Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64. We expect more information for this group to be available later in the autumn. If you are aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, however, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.
Social distancing and traditional flu clinics do not go together. We have adapted our clinics with consideration to the current circumstances to ensure we are able to vaccinate as many patients as soon as possible while keeping everyone safe. Please be assured if we invite you to the surgery to receive your flu vaccination, you will be safe.