As autumn approaches, now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free jab will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.
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.
Flu clinics dates are as follow:
- Over 65 – Saturday 30th October 2021
- Under 65 – Saturday 23rd October 2021
- Children – Tuesday 12th October 2021
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 and over
- People under 65 ‘at Risk’ at risk with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
- Adults aged 50 to 64
- 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 2021
- Children in primary school
- Children in Year 7 (secondary school)
- Frontline health or social care workers
External websites for further information:
- Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England – National Flu Immunisation Programme 2021 – 2022
- Why vaccination is safe and important – NHS UK
- Flu vaccine overview – NHS UK
- Children’s flu vaccine – NHS UK
- Vaccination tips for parents – NHS UK