Flu Vaccinations

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FLU 20-21 

KUMAR MEDICAL CENTRE -Working in partnership to ensure the safe delivery of the flu vaccine this year

Working in partnership with others, we’re working hard to ensure the safe delivery of the flu vaccination for our patients this year.

The list of those eligible for the vaccination free on the NHS has expanded to include the following:-

  • Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List. Specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded person on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
  • Children of school Year 7 age in secondary schools (those aged 11 on 31 August 2020)
  • Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users

Additionally, flu vaccinations might be offered under the NHS towards the end of the year to individuals aged between 50-64. However, it is important for us to stress that this will be subject to vaccine supply nationally and priority will be given to those in at risk groups first. For a full list of all those eligible, please scroll down.

Below is a full list of all those eligible for the free flu vaccination on the NHS this year (2020/2021):

  • all children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
  • people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
  • those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group such as those with:
  •      chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  •      chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
  •      chronic liver disease
  •      chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
  •      learning disability
  •     diabetes
  •     splenic dysfunction or asplenia
  •     a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  •     morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  •    all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  •    household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
  •    people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7).
  •    those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  •     health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
  •    health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
  •     health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.

Further updates will follow.

For more information on flu, please click here.

 

 

The practice provides flu vaccination from September to March every year. Please book an appointment for your flu Jab at the reception if you are entitled for a free flu jab.

Flu occurs every year and is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Having your flu vaccination can help protect you and others.

The best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts which is usually around December time.

The flu vaccination is available free on the NHS for various groups and individuals that could be particularly vulnerable to complications.

This year, the following are eligible for the free flu vaccination:

All children aged two to nine (but not ten years or older) on 31 August 2019

Pregnant women

Aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2020)

Those in long-stay residential care homes

Carers

Healthcare workers

People with learning disabilities and their carers

Those aged six months to under 65 years of age with a serious medical condition which include chronic (long term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis; chronic heart disease, such as heart failure; chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five; chronic liver disease; chronic neurological disease such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability; diabetes; splenic dysfunction; weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment); morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)

If you do not fall within any of the above groups, you can still have the vaccination by paying for it. 

 



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