In an average year, the flu virus kills 11,000 people and hospitalises thousands more. Flu can be serious and even deadly for older adults, very young children, and people with underlying health conditions.
The flu vaccine is the best protection for you and those around you. That’s why it’s free to those most at risk. If you’re in an eligible group – make sure you get vaccinated. Ask your pharmacist or GP if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine.
In light of the additional risk to health during the Covid-19 pandemic, for 2020/21 the flu vaccination will be offered to:
- everyone aged 65 and over
- everyone under 65 years of age who has a medical condition listed above, including children and babies over 6 months of age
- all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
- all 2- and 3- year-old children (provided they were aged 2 or 3 years old on 31 August of the current flu season)
- all children in primary school
- all Year 7 secondary school-aged children
- everyone living in a residential or nursing home
- everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
- household contacts of anyone on the NHS Shielded Patient List
- all frontline health and social care workers
There is an aim to further extend the vaccine programme in November and December to include the 50-64-year-old age group subject to vaccine supply.
Please see the table of eligible groups for the full eligibility list.
If you’re a member of staff working with us at SaTH, then you will automatically be eligible for a vaccine, which can be given to you on site. Please visit the intranet or MySaTH app for more information.
Flu vaccination: Who should have it this winter and why leaflets
Please take time to read the NHS leaflet Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why. This leaflet explains the importance of having the flu vaccination this winter.
This leaflet is also available in other languages. Please click on the appropriate link for your language choice: