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Flu Vaccinations #DOYOURBIT

Thursday 5th November 2020

Our colleagues are doing their bit to help prevent flu by having a vaccination.

You can do your bit to protect yourself, your loved ones and the community by having the flu vaccination this winter.

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.

The vaccine is safe and doesn’t give you flu. The flu vaccine is given to people who:

  • ​Are aged 65 and over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2021)
  • Are pregnant
  • Have certain health conditions
  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • Receive a carer’s allowance or you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Live with someone who’s at high risk of COVID-19 (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter
  • Are frontline health or social care workers

​The flu vaccine is also available on the NHS for:

  • children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • children aged 2-3 years
  • all primary aged school children and year 7 pupils

You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a pharmacy offering the service
  • your midwifery service if you’re pregnant

All adult flu vaccines are given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.

Find out more about flu vaccination here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/