Flu Vaccination Campaign 2020/2021
As autumn fades and winter approaches it is not too late to make an appointment for your 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.
All eligible patients aged over 18 (see below) are invited to call the surgery on 01603 765550 to request an appointment.
Parents of those eligible children are also invited to call the surgery to request an appointment.
We have vaccinated 3,195 patients since the beginning of October of which we are very proud, including a clinic at Norwich City Football Club.
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 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 (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Children in Primary School
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school)
- Frontline health or social care workers
- Patients aged 50-64 who do not fall in an ‘at risk’ group above