As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the 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.
We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the next few months. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff
Over 65s at Saints RLFC
- Friday 11th & Saturday 12th 09:30-16:30
- Friday 18th & Saturday 19th 09:30-16:30
More clinics to be arranged in October
Under 65s at Central Surgery
- Wednesday 16th September 14:30-17:00
- Wednesday 30th September 15:00 – 18:00
Children under 16 at Central Surgery
- Monday 14th September 13:00 -17:00
- Friday 25th September 08:45 -12:00
These clinics will by invitation only. If you are on our shielding list, live with someone who was shielding or would normally receive a flu vaccine, you will receive a letter/SMS text message from us with details on how to book your appointment.
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 (given in school)
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school, given in school)
- Front line health or social care workers
Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 -56
Clinics for the new 2020 cohort of eligible patients aged 50-64, who do not have an ‘at risk condition’ (see NHS UK) will follow soon. These dates and times will be announced on our website.