You may have seen the announcement by Matt Hancock about the 50-64 year old age group being able to obtain their free Flu vaccination from their GP. We have now invited and completed our official Flu Clinics, if you still wish to access a flu vaccine please contact the Surgery.
For more information regarding who is eligible for a flu vaccination please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Patients cannot attend if they or their household members have any symptoms of coronavirus
Patients need to be 10 days clear of symptoms or have had a negative test before they can attend for immunisation
Patient whose household members have had symptoms need to have isolated for 14 days before they can attend for immunisation
The Campaign for 50 – 64’s
[this information is correct as of Dec20] Expanded flu programme to focus on most vulnerable groups first. This winter, the flu vaccination is more important than ever to protect those most vulnerable as we prepare for the potential risks of both flu and COVID-19. GPs and community pharmacists across the East of England have welcomed plans to extend the flu vaccination programme to those 50-64 year olds who weren’t previously eligible for a free jab, but we must make sure that those most at risk are able to get the vaccine first. In line with national plans to protect the most vulnerable first, those aged 65 and over, people with certain long-term medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children will be vaccinated from September onwards.
Debbie Bodhanya, Managing Partner of The Limes Medical Centre, Essex said: “We are so pleased to be able to expand our flu campaign this year. Wait until we have vaccinated the very vulnerable, young and elderly, then we’ll be ready to vaccinate the over 50’s. Let’s work together to support the NHS this wintertime and keep our patients safe and well!”
Flu should be taken seriously; it is more than just a bad cold. Some people may need to stay in bed for a few days but for others who are more vulnerable it can lead to more severe illness, can worsen existing illness and can lead to pneumonia or bronchitis. In the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in hospital, or even death.
Dr Sarah Whiteman, GP and Medical Director of Bedfordshire, Luton & Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “This year, more than ever before, it is important for patients at risk to have the flu vaccination. Flu vaccination offers important protection against flu, saves lives and helps to reduce the pressure on the NHS in the busy winter months. Expanding the programme is welcome but it is important that those usually at higher risk are protected first as they are likely to be more seriously affected by flu.”
Practices and pharmacies are following strict guidance and social distancing measures to make sure that it is safe for you to come for your vaccination. When you are offered your vaccine, please take the opportunity to gain this valuable protection for yourself and your community.