Flu Campaign 2020/2021
We are now inviting people to come in for our annual flu vaccination programme.
“The Flu” is caused by the influenza virus and causes symptoms which range from mild to very severe. The most serious cases tend to occur in high risk groups such as pregnant women, children, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions.
This year, more than ever, it is important to have the flu vaccine. During the global COVID-19 pandemic it would be catastrophic for individuals, for our community and for our health service if we were to see an outbreak of influenza as well.
We are therefore going to run as many clinics as possible to get as many people vaccinated as we can. We will start with the over 65s, then move on to the at risk groups and then the children.
You will receive text messages inviting you to book appointments as the clinics open to the groups that relate to you. We understand this may cause anxiety while you wait and we will try to do our best whilst also trying to maintain the safety of our patients while delivering this service. If it is more convenient, you can also get vaccinated free at many pharmacies if you are in one of the eligible groups.
You may find the following information of interest:
https://cityandhackneygpconfederation.org.uk/bulletins/should-i-get-the-flu-jab-this-winter/ (this link will open in a new window - popups must be allowed)
We have received the following information from NHS England:
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Dr Gill Goldberg
Lead GP for Flu