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FLU VACCINES 2020-2021


The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are ‘at risk’ to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

 

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

  • Are 65 years of age or over
  • Are pregnant
  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Careworkers who are directly involved in the care of over 65 year olds and those in ‘at risk’ groups

 

Have certain medical conditions such as:

  • Chronic (long term) respiratory disease such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis requiring regular inhalers
  • Chronic heart disease such as heart failure or angina
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease, such as Hepatitis
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with your spleen e.g. have had your spleen removed
  • Weakened immune system due to diseases such as HIV, or treatment such as cancer treatment
  • Have a high body mass index (BMI) of 40 or over

 

This year the Government has set an aim to vaccinate all 50 – 64 year olds who do not already qualify due to a medical condition. However, we have been asked to delay this group until after all the groups stated above have been vaccinated. We will be contacting this group in due course once we have sufficient supplies of the flu vaccine suitable for this age group (see below).

 

There are three types of flu vaccine being used. The vaccine suitable for each age group has been decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations based on studies of which vaccine gave the best protection against flu for different age groups.

One vaccine (injectable) is licensed for patients aged 65 years and over.

 

Another vaccine (injectable) is recommended for children aged 6 months to 2 years and for adults aged from 18 to 65 who are at increased risk from flu.

 

The third vaccine is a nasal spray used for 2 and 3 year olds at the GP surgery. Patients between the ages of 4-17 in an ‘at risk’ category will also be offered the nasal vaccine.

 

This year we have had the added issues of ensuring social distancing. We have our wonderful ‘Flu team’ of Nurses, Health care assistants, GPs and Receptionists guiding you through, ably led by our Management team, Rhonda Ward (Practice Manager), Suzanne Fisher (Nurse Manager) and Sarah Smith (Reception Manager). We will be offering our usual Saturday morning clinics and also running numerous smaller clinics through the week to provide appointments convenient to everyone.

 

Wishing you all a flu-free winter.

 

 

Dr Margaret Hatherell


28th August 2019


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