From late September 2020, we will be able to offer a free flu vaccine to the following patients:
- patients aged 65 years and over
- patients aged from 6 months to less than 65 years in a clinical risk group such as:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neuron disease, or learning disability
- asplenia and splenic dysfunction
- a weakened immune system due to diseases (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (BMI of 40+)
- all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- patients living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
- patients who in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
- household contacts of someone who is on the NHS Shielded Patient List
- frontline health and social care workers with direct patient/service user contact
This year, more people will be offered the free flu vaccine later in the autumn (Nov-Dec’20). We are currently awaiting guidance from NHSE/I with regards to the extra cohorts.
From 7th September, 2020, we are able to offer LAIV (live attenuated influenza vaccine nasal spray suspension) to the following:
- children and adolescents from 2 years to under 18 years of age who are in the clinical risk group category (see above)
- children aged 2 or 3 years on 31st August, 2020
Primary school aged children – children of appropriate age for reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
and year 7 secondary school aged children will be offered flu vaccination at school .
You can find more information on children and flu vaccination here.
If you would like to have your flu vaccination, please contact us to arrange an appointment.