2023 FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME
Information for our patients
his year at Dr Thorniley-Walker and partners we are planning our flu campaign to ensure we vaccinate as many of our patients as are eligible.
You can help us ensure that everyone receives their vaccinations at the right time by reading the FAQ’s below!
Please note that people in the 50-64 year old age group will not be vaccinated in line with government guidance.
What is flu?
Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it is sometimes called seasonal flu. It is a very infectious disease that can come on very quickly. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, cough, headache, pains in your joints and muscles and extreme tiredness. Healthy people usually recover within 3 to 4 weeks, but some people can develop serious life-threatening complications and need to be admitted to hospital.
Colds are much less serious and usually start with a stuffy or a runny nose, sore throat and cough.
How do we prevent the spread of flu?
Flu is unpredictable and there can be different strains of the virus. However, over the last ten years, the flu vaccine has generally been very good at targeting the circulating strains.
The flu vaccine is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children who are most at risk of flu and its complications.
Can I have a free flu vaccination on the NHS?
Flu can affect anyone but if you have a long-term health condition flu can make it worse, even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- adults 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2021)
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- CARERS – including 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 (these vaccines will be available via the school ONLY)
- children in year 7 (secondary school) (these vaccines will be available via the school ONLY)
- frontline health or social care workers
I am aged 50-64, am I also now eligible?
This year the government had advised that this age group will not need to be vaccinated
If you’re aged 50 to 64 but also in another at-risk group, you should book for your flu vaccine and not wait.
I am almost 65, am I eligible now?
Yes. As with previous years, anyone who will be 65 years old by the 31st March 2023 will be entitled to receive a flu vaccine from the 65+ supply even before they physically turn 65.
For more information please see the Department of Health Website