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Pound Piece Surgery 
Tunnel Road Surgery
 tollerford.surgery@dorsetgp.nhs.uk
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Flu Season 2020/2021

 

 

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk.

This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

 

Those eligible for a flu jab:

  • Children aged 2 to 11 years old on 31 August 2020
  • Everyone aged 65 and over (including those who will become 65 by 31 March 2021)
  • Those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age in a clinical risk group
  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List or of immuno-compromised individuals where continuing close contact is unavoidable on most days
  • People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered care provider or by a voluntary managed hospice provider or through Direct Payments/Personal Health Budgets and are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients or clients
  • Over 50s who are not in a clinical at risk group may be offered immunisation later this year subject to sufficent vaccine being available. More information on this will become available later into Autumn

 

If you are eligible for a flu vaccination, you will receive contact from the surgery regarding booking a slot in the coming weeks. You will not be able to book a flu jab before you recieve contact from us. 

 

Which type of flu vaccine should I have?

There are several types of flu vaccine.

If you're eligible for the flu vaccine on the NHS, you'll be offered one that's most effective for you, depending on your age:

  • children aged 2 to 17 are offered a live vaccine (LAIV) as a nasal spray; the live viruses have been weakened so it cannot give you flu
  • adults aged 18 to 64 are offered an injected inactivated vaccine; there are different types, but none contains live viruses so they cannot give you flu
  • adults aged 65 and over are offered an injected inactivated vaccine; the most common one contains an adjuvant to help your immune system have a stronger response to the vaccine

If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they'll be offered an injected flu vaccine because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.


 

For more information on the flu vaccination, click here.


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