The practice is still administering flu vaccines for the 2020/21 flu Vaccination Programme until 31st March 2021
People who are most at risk from the complications of flu are recommended to get a flu vaccine every year. This winter it is especially important with flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) both in circulation.
Who is eligible for a flu vaccine?
You can get a free flu vaccine if you:
- are aged 65 years old and over (including those aged 65 by 31 March 2021)
- have certain health conditions
- live with someone who is on the NHS shielded patient list
- are pregnant
- receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer of an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- Children aged 2 to 11 years old on the 31 August 2020 are also eligible for the flu vaccine (with 2 and 3 year olds offered it in GP surgeries and school aged children offered it in school)
- This year the free flu vaccine is also available to all 50 to 64 year olds
- are a health or social care worker employed by a registered residential care or nursing home, registered homecare organisation hospice or if you provide health or social care through direct payments or personal health budgets
Visit www.nhs.uk – Flu vaccine to check whether you are eligible.
Can I go elsewhere if my GP practice or pharmacy has run out?
If you are eligible for the free flu vaccine, you may get it either from your own GP practice or any pharmacy offering NHS flu vaccinations.
Pregnant women can ask their GP surgery or maternity provider for the free flu vaccine.
Why are some people still being offered the vaccine and not others?
There are several types of flu vaccines available. You will be offered one that is recommended for you based on your age.
When do you need to have a flu vaccination for it to offer protection?
It is best to have the vaccine before flu starts to circulate, which is usually from December onwards. But if you have the vaccine later than this, it is still worth having.
What should I do now?
If you are eligible, book in an appointment at the earliest opportunity.