As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about booking your annual flu jab. This year, the free vaccination will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus. We have clinics already set up and available to book into. If you are aged 50 or, will turn 50 by 31st March 2022, please contact the surgery to book your vaccination appointment. All other patients will be invited by text message or phone call to book their vaccination.
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.