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. All of our Flu clinics will be carried out at Stoke Prior surgery where we can use both the car park and entrances at either end of the building to maintain social distancing between patients attending. Staff will be wearing appropriate levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and patients will be asked to wear face masks when entering the building as per the current Government guidance.
If you are on our shielding list or are normally eligible for the NHS flu vaccine (see below), you will receive a letter/SMS text message from us with details of your appointment times. If you have not been contacted by the practice but believe you are eligible for the flu vaccine please contact reception at either Davenal House or Stoke Prior Surgery.
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)
- 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
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 – 64
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.