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Flu Vaccine 2021

(Tuesday, 12 October 2021)

Flu Vaccine update:

65yrs & Over:

If you are aged 65yrs or over, or are 64yrs but turn 65yrs on or before 31 March 2022, you are eligible for a free flu vaccine. We have now run our clinics for this age group and Unfortunately, due to increased demand this year, we do not have any of these vaccines left available to offer. We advise you to book at one of the local pharmacies.  

Those aged 18yrs to 64yrs at risk (check eligibility below) you can now book online or by calling the practice, we have a clinic available on Wednesday 20th October. 

More clinics will be available later on in the month when we receive our next delivery of flu vaccines. 

We know that you can have your flu vaccine elsewhere within the community, for example, at your local pharmacy.  However, where possible we would kindly request that you support us, as your local GP Practice, by having your flu vaccine at one of our clinics.

Who will be offered the flu vaccine?

The national influenza immunisation programme aims to provide direct protection to those who are at higher risk of influenza associated morbidity and mortality. Groups eligible for influenza vaccination are based on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and include older people, pregnant women, and those with certain underlying medical conditions.

The expanded influenza vaccination programme that we had last year will continue in 2021 to 2022 as part of our wider winter planning when we are likely to see both influenza and COVID-19 in circulation. This means that as a temporary measure the offer for 50 to 64 year olds will continue this year to protect this age group, as hospitalisation from COVID-19 also increases from the age of 50 years onwards.

As a temporary measure, the programme will also be extended this year to 4 additional cohorts in secondary school so that all those from years 7 to year 11 will be offered vaccination at school. 

Therefore, those eligible for NHS influenza vaccination in 2021 to 2022 are:

  • all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021 ( 2 & 3yr olds to be vaccinated at the practice)
  • those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • those aged 50 years and over
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline health and social care staff employed by:
    • a 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

Children's flu vaccine

If you child is aged 2yrs or 3yrs (born on or between 01/09/17 and 31/08/19) please call the practice to book on 01704 560506. 

The children's nasal spray flu vaccine is safe and effective. It's offered every year to children to help protect them against flu.

Flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can be a very unpleasant illness for children. It can also lead to serious problems, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

Children can catch and spread flu easily. Vaccinating them also protects others who are vulnerable to flu, such as babies and older people.

Information:

If you have any questions about vaccinations, you can:

Who should have the nasal spray flu vaccine 

The nasal spray flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2021 – born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019
  • all primary school children (reception to year 6)
  • all year 7 to year 11 children in secondary school
  • children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions

If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and has a long-term health condition that makes them at higher risk from flu, they'll be offered a flu vaccine injection instead of the nasal spray.

This is because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2 years.

The nasal spray vaccine offers the best protection for children aged 2 to 17 years. They will be offered the flu vaccine injection if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them.

Children with long-term health conditions

Children with long-term health conditions, such as diabetes or heart problems, are at higher risk from flu.

It's important they're vaccinated.

Examples of long-term health conditions

Long-term conditions that qualify for the NHS flu vaccine include:

Where to have the flu vaccine

A table showing a child's age and where the flu vaccine is available on the NHS.
Child's age Where to have the flu vaccine
From 6 months until 2 years
(with long-term condition)
GP surgery
From 2 years until child
starts primary school
GP surgery
All children at primary school School
Year 7 to year 11 secondary school children School
Children in reception to year 11
(with long-term condition)
School or GP surgery
Home-schooled children
(same ages as reception to year 11)
Community clinic
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Contact Us

The Grange Surgery
41 York Road
Birkdale
Southport
Merseyside
PR8 2AD
Tel: 01704 560506
Fax: 01704 385049