ADULT FLU VACCINES are here!
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are AT RISK. This is to help protect against catching flu and developing serious complications.
Who should have a flu vaccine?
- you were born on or before 31 March 1956
- you're advised to have the injected flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you have reached
- have certain long term medical conditions
- Asthma, COPD, Bronchitis
- Chronic Heart Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic Liver Disease such a Hepatitis
- Parkinson's Disease, Mutilple sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy
- Sickle Cell Disease
- A weaknened immune system due to medicines such a steroid tablets
- Overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
- If you're a frontline health and social care worker, you're eligible for an NHS flu vaccine.
- It's your employer's responsibility to arrange vaccination for you.
- you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- If you're the main carer for someone who's elderly or disabled, speak to a GP about having a flu vaccine along with the person you care for.
- live with someone who's at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter
Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to 50-64-year-olds. More information will be available later in the autumn.
Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It's your employer's responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.
CHILDREN FLU (NASAL SPRAY)
The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu.
In the autumn/winter of 2020 to 2021, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:
- children aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2020 – that is, children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018
- The nasal spray will be given at the GP surgery, by the practice nurse or GP
**THE SURGERY WILL SEND YOU A TEXT MESSAGE AND INFORM YOU TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT WITH US**