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Flu Vaccination 2020

Flu Vaccine 2020

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The government announced on the 24th of July, 2020 that this year’s NHS free flu vaccination will be expanded to include people aged 50 to 64 later in the year.

Others to be included are;6

  • people who are on the shielded patient list and members of their household
  • all school year groups up to year 7
  • people aged over 65, pregnant women, and those with some pre-existing conditions including at-risk under 2s

Once vaccination of the most ‘at-risk’ groups(https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/) is well underway, the department will work with clinicians to decide when to open the programme to invite people aged 50 to 64. The NHS will contact people directly, including information about where to go to get the vaccine.

The expanded flu vaccination programme is part of plans to ready the NHS – both for the risk of a second peak of coronavirus cases, and to relieve winter pressures on A&E and emergency care.

Increased vaccinations will help to reduce pressure on the NHS this winter by preventing flu-sickness which can cause hospitalisation and even death.

If you are eligible for a free vaccine, whether it’s for the first time or because you usually receive one, then we would advise you to get it, not just to protect yourself, but to protect the NHS and your loved ones, from flu.

The flu can be a serious disease, especially for vulnerable people or those with underlying health conditions.

With COVID-19 still in circulation, this year’s campaign will be particularly vital to protect the most vulnerable and reduce the number of people needing flu treatment from the NHS

Flu can have serious consequences and vulnerable people can die of it. Having the vaccine protects you, and helps reduce transmission to others.

Seasonal flu is an illness that can be spread by children among themselves and to adults. Last year, the flu programme was expanded to include all primary school aged children for the first time, and this year teams will be visiting secondary schools to vaccinate children in year 7. This will help to contain the spread of this year’s seasonal flu and not only protect children but also vulnerable adults they may be in contact with.

Dr Vanessa Saliba, Head of Flu at PHE said:

“The flu vaccine is the best defence we have against what can be a serious and even deadly illness.

This winter, more people than ever will be offered a free flu vaccine. We are urging anyone who is eligible to take up the offer of vaccination. By getting the jab, you can help protect yourself, your family and the NHS – it will help save lives”.

GPs, nurses, community pharmacists and others will be going to great lengths this year to give this vital protection to millions more people in a safe and convenient way.

All frontline health and social care workers will also be urged to get their free vaccine to protect themselves and their patients or residents from the flu.

Prime Health Pharmacy is prepared to offer both the free NHS flu vaccination as well as private vaccination for those who are not eligible for the free NHS service. Why not book your slotNOW.