Update 27th July 2020 - The Government announced on 24th July 2020 that the flu immunisation programme for 2020/21 will be extended to cover people aged 50-64. Guidance has yet to be received as to when this vaccine will be available but this is expected to be after those patients already eligible under the existing criteria have been vaccinated.
National flu immunisation programme 2020/21
We are still awaiting final confirmation of the delivery dates for the flu vaccines for 2020/21 however we expect to be able to start vaccinating patients in October.
Please check back here for updates and clinic availability.
In 2020/21 groups eligible for the NHS funded flu vaccination programme are the same as last year, although this may change if the programme is expanded, and include:
• all children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2020
• those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups*
• pregnant women
• those aged 65 years and over
• those in long-stay residential care homes
• close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
• health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider.
We will be administering the following 4 recommended vaccines depending on the patient, individuals who are unable to have the recommended vaccine for their group will be reviewed by the clinical team and advised accordingly. In summary these are:
• for those aged 65 and over – the Adjuvanted Trivalent Influenza (Seqirus) inactivated Vaccine
• for under-65s at risk, including pregnant women, the Quadrivalent influenza vaccine Split Virion (Sanofi Pasteur) inactivated vaccine
• for children aged 2-17 years, the Fluenz Tetra vaccine nasal suspension (AstraZeneca UK Ltd) live vaccine
• for children aged 6 months-2 years and for those aged 2-17 years who are unable to have the live vaccine, the Quadrivalent influenza vaccine Split Virion (Sanofi Pasteur) inactivated vaccine
Coronavirus impact on Flu Clinics:
We are putting plans in place to ensure both Patients and Staff are protected, this may mean less choice of clinic dates and times than in previous years. We kindly ask you to support us by ensuring you attend your booked appointment on time and adhere to any guidelines that will be in place.