Flu Clinics 2020/2021
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 commence our Flu Clinics in mid September. We will contact all eligible patients by SMS or phone to arrange an appointment. Due to the current COVID-19 situation the Flu Clinics will operate in a slightly different way to protect our patients and staff. We simply ask you to read the signs we will place both outside and inside the practice when you arrive. Please do not attend with family members or friends who are not having the flu vaccine, at all times keep to the 2 metre rule and try to avoid touching any surfaces.
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
- Frontline health or social care workers