Flu vaccination 2020/21
The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications.
This year we are working with other Stockwell GP Practices to run flu clinics at local community venues that are "covid safe", so enable good ventilation and a one-way system.
Flu vaccination is important because:
- if you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems from flu
- if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
- it'll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus
- If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It'll be effective at helping to prevent flu.
Who should have the flu vaccination:
The flu vaccine is given on to people who:
- are 65 and over (including those who'll be 65 by 31 March 2021)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in a long-stay residential care
- receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- frontline health or social care workers
- children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2020 – born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018
- (all primary school children and all year 7 in secondary school will recieve the vaccine at school)
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Published: Sep 10, 2020