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Flu season 2020
20-11-2020: We are aware of the government announcement in the news today regarding patients between 50 -64 and not at risk being able to book your flu vaccine. We are not yet in receipt of official guidance or stocks so please do not call the surgery to book as we are not able to provide this service yet. We will be in contact once this service is available.
Flu vaccinations are available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy, it’ll usually clear up on its own in about a week.
But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- anyone aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
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 of age)
- 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 – to be given in the Surgery
- children in primary school – to be given in Schools – please note, the Surgery will not be holding any catch up clinics for this cohort
- children in year 7 (secondary school) – to be given in Schools – please note, the Surgery will not be holding any catch up clinics for this cohort
- frontline health or social care workers
If you are eligible for the flu vaccination, please contact the Surgery on 01273 736030 in order to book an appointment. We have put several measures in place around Covid-19, to ensure the safety of our Patients and Staff. Please select the following links for more information-
Children’s Flu Delivery 2020 **CLINIC DATES TBC** – Fluenz
18-64 year olds at risk Flu Delivery 2020 **CLINICS RUNNING FROM 6TH OCTOBER 2020** – 18-64 At Risk Lttr 2020
Over 65 year olds at risk Flu Delivery 2020 **CLINICS RUNNING FROM 10TH SEPTEMBER 2020** – Over 65s Lttr 2020
Housebound Individuals Flu Delivery 2020 – HB Individual Lttr 2020
Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is December/January, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group 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.
Which type of flu vaccine should I have?
There are several types of flu vaccine.
If you’re eligible for the flu vaccine on the NHS, you’ll be offered one that’s most effective for you, depending on your age:
- children aged 2 to 17 are offered a live vaccine (LAIV) as a nasal spray; the live viruses have been weakened so it cannot give you flu
- adults aged 18 to 64 are offered an injected inactivated vaccine; there are different types, but none contains live viruses so they cannot give you flu
- adults aged 65 and over are offered an injected inactivated vaccine; the most common one contains an adjuvant to help your immune system have a stronger response to the vaccine
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they’ll be offered an injected flu vaccine because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2. Talk to a GP, practice nurse or pharmacist for more information about these vaccines. Find out more about who should have the flu vaccine.
People aged 65 and over and the flu vaccine
You’re eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2020 to 2021) if you’ll be aged 65 or over on 31 March 2021. That is, you were born on or before 31 March 1956.
So, if you’re currently 64 but will be 65 by 31 March 2021, you do qualify.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying physical health condition. Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu.
It will not stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it’s not a 100% guarantee that you’ll be flu-free. But if you do get flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.
There’s also evidence to suggest that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of having a stroke. Over time, protection from the injected flu vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains often change.
New flu vaccines are produced each year, which is why people advised to have the flu vaccine need it every year. Find out more about how the flu vaccine works.
Flu vaccine side effects
Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild high temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.
Side effects of the nasal spray vaccine can commonly include a runny or blocked nose, a headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite. Find out more about the side effects of the flu vaccine.
How safe is the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccines used in the national programme have a good safety record. Flu vaccines that are used in England have been thoroughly tested before they’re made available.