18 Sep Seasonal Influenza Programme 2020/21
The national flu immunisation programme aims to provide direct protection to those who are at higher risk of flu associated morbidity and mortality. The following groups are eligible to receive the flu vaccination at the surgery:
- All children aged 2 & 3 (born between 01/09/16 & 31/08/18)
- those aged 6 months to under 65 years in a clinical risk group
- those aged 65 years and over
- those who are high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus
- pregnant women
- those who reside in long stay residential homes
- those who are seriously overweight.
- Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64 subject to vaccine supply. However, if you’re aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.
All patients who fall into any of these categories will receive an invitation to receive the vaccination.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, flu clinics are being planned differently this year. Therefore drop in clinics will not be available. Patients will be required to arrange an appointment at the surgery, this will help minimise waiting times and maintain social distancing. The practice will run a one way system when attending for your appointment.
All patients will be required to have their temperature taken upon entering the building. A face covering is mandatory unless you are under the age of 11 or are clinically exempt to do so.
Is it safe for my child to have the flu jab?
The vaccine for all children aged 2-17 is a safe and effective nasal spray which provides a more effective protection against flu in this age group. Parents of children who are allergic to eggs, have severe asthma or a severely weakened immune system can speak to their GP practice team to ensure their child is protected in the best way.
Why is my child being offered the flu nasal spray rather than the injection?
The children are offered the nasal spray because this form of the vaccination is more effective in this age group and therefore gives them the best protection against flu.