Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Flu vaccination is important because:

  • if you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems from flu

  • if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill

  • it'll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus

If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It'll be effective at helping to prevent flu.

For those patients that are eligible for a flu jab we will be sending out invitations to book an appointment either by phone or online.  Clinics will run weekly over the next few months.

We will be following strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines in order to keep our patients and staff safe. We request that all patients attending a flu jab appointment wear masks while in the surgery.

Flu vaccination campaign

This year’s flu vaccination marketing campaign, launching in early October, will raise awareness of the seriousness and risks of flu and encourage those eligible for the free flu vaccination to get vaccinated. 

This year, with COVID-19 in circulation, it’s more important than ever that eligible groups are vaccinated to protect them from flu. The target audience for activity has increased, and the vaccine will be offered to more than 30 million people. The expansion of the flu programme means that many more people will be eligible to receive the free vaccine for the first time, but may not realise this.

Target audiences

  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged 2- 11 years old
  • Member of a shielding household
  • 65+ years old
  • Have a long-term condition
    • a heart problem
    • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
    • a kidney disease
    • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
    • liver disease
    • had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
    • diabetes
    • a neurological condition, e.g. multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy
    • a learning disability
    • a problem with your spleen, e.g. sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
    • Are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • 50-64 year olds (from November)
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