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Who should get the flu vaccine?

This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:

  • Adults 65 years and over (if you're currently 64 but will be 65 on 31 March 2021, you do qualify)
  • People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months
  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's diseasemotor neurone diseasemultiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
  • A learning disability
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • Being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • Pregnant women
  • Frontline health or social care workers
  • People working in a registered residential care or nursing home,
  • Registered homecare organization
  •  or hospice
  • People living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • People who receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • Children aged 2-3 years on 31st August, 2020(Nasal flu clinics at surgery)
  • Childrens aged 2-17 with long term health conditions i.e diabetes, asthma
  • Children in primary school (will be given at school)
  • Children in year 7(will be given at secondary school) 

Extended Flu Campaign 50-64 years

Patients from the new 50-64 years cohort are going to be targeted from November with NHS England saying this would be introduced when they are confident of sufficient vaccine supplies

They will be contacted at the point they do become eligible under the scheme and will be invited for vaccination then

However, if you are aged 50-64 in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.


Published: Aug 26, 2020


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