The flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19 however it will help protect you against flu. Helping to protect against flu is particularly important with COVID-19 in circulation because people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu, which can lead to hospital admissions.
Safety measures will be in place at the surgery when you attend for your flu vaccination and we ask that you attend wearing a mask. Please do not come early for your appointment as you could be asked to wait outside if the waiting room has reached capacity. You will be asked to sanitise your hands on arrival. Please limit the number of people you bring to the surgery and try to come alone if possible, or only bring the child with you that is having the vaccination, although we appreciate this may not always be possible. Social distancing is in place in the waiting room and we would ask you to adhere to the guidelines.
As in previous years the flu vaccination will be available free on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications. You are eligible to receive the vaccination here at the surgery if you:
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions (see link below for more information)
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- someone who's at high risk of COVID-19 on the NHS shielded patient list
- Children aged over 6 months with a long-term health condition
- Children aged 2 & 3 years on 31 August 2020 (born between 1 September 2016 & 31 August 2018)
- Obesity (BMI 40 and above)
Please click on this link for more information as to who should have the flu vaccine NHS: Who should have the flu vaccine?
For more information on why you should vaccinated your child please click on the link Reasons to vaccinate your child
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups who are eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier. Please click on this link for more information: Information regarding flu vaccination for 50 to 64 year olds
If you are attending the surgery for any other reason the GP or nurse will be able to give you your flu vaccination at the same time, you do not need to make a separate appointment.
Studies have shown that the best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts. The vaccine provides the best protection available against a virus that can cause severe illness, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
Please see the attached leaflet for more information on flu and the vaccination Flu and vaccine information leaflet
There will be different vaccines for patients depending on their age, these are expected to be delivered from September onwards. Children's nasal flu vaccination appointments are available week beginning 7 September 2020.