Flu vaccination is 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
- Children in primary school (flu clinics at school)
- Children in year 7 (secondary school, flu clinics at school)
- Frontline health or social care workers
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.
For more details please follow the link:
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, please call the surgery on 0203 006 2741 to book an appointment with the nursing team at your earliest convenience.
Please note that you will need to wear a face mask when you attend the appointment and you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the entrance.
Due to social distancing measures and to monitor a number of patients in the waiting room we would like to kindly ask patients to come at the time of the appointment.
If the appointment is for a nasal flu for a child, we kindly ask for one parent only to attend with the child.