2021 FLU PROGRAMME

Dear Patients,

We have completed all flu vaccine clinics for this season. We now encourage our patients to go to the local pharmacy to have a flu vaccination if not yet vaccinated.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:

Who is eligible for the flu vaccine this year:
  • Patients eligible for vaccination under this ES are those patients who are included within the cohorts below:
    • those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups;
      • respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis
      • diabetes
      • heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
      • being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
      • chronic kidney disease
      • liver disease, such as hepatitis
      • neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
      • a learning disability
      • 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 taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
    • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
    • those aged 50 years and over;
    • those in long-stay residential care homes;
    • carers;
    • locum GPs;
    • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals;
      • frontline health and social care staff employed by:
      • registered residential care or nursing home;
      • registered domiciliary care provider;
      • a voluntary managed hospice provider;
      • Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants;

and who are registered with the GP practice; or

  • frontline health and social care staff employed by:
    • a registered residential care or nursing home; or
    • a voluntary managed hospice provider;

that are not registered with the GP practice but who elect to receive their vaccination from the GP practice.

  • those living in:
    • long-stay facilities;
    • nursing homes;
    • other long-stay health or social care facilities; or
    • a housebound Patient as described in paragraph 11.16.

that are not registered with the GP practice.

  • All frontline health and social care workers are expected to have influenza vaccination to protect those they care for.

 

For more information about the national flu programme, please visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-flu-immunisation-programme-plan/national-flu-immunisation-programme-2021-to-2022-letter

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-matters-flu-immunisation-programme-and-covid-19/health-matters-delivering-the-flu-immunisation-programme-during-the-covid-19-pandemic