Flu Vaccination Programme 2022 – Adults

Flu clinics will be held at the Practice this year. Please check the website/surgery for when our bookings will open. We will send text information out to patients. Please ensure we have your correct mobile number. We will start these clinics in September/October

Who should have the vaccine?

In 2022/23 flu season, the following people are eligible to receive the flu vaccine for free:

  • All children aged 2 to 10 years on 31st Aug 2022 – See Nasal Flu Vaccine
  • Secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9 (England only)
  • Those aged 50-64 years (England only)
  • Those aged 65 years or over
  • Pregnant women – See Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy
  • Those in long-term residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Those aged 6 months to 65 years in at-risk groups including people with the following health conditions:
  • Respiratory (lung) diseases, including asthma
  • Heart disease, kidney disease or liver disease
  • Neurological (brain or nerve) conditions including learning disability
  • Diabetes
  • A severely weakened immune system (immunosuppression), a missing spleen, sickle cell anaemia or coeliac disease
  • Being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)

Your doctor may recommend the flu vaccine in other circumstances as well. Note that the eligibility criteria for the 2022/23 season are different to those in the 2021/22 season, so some people who were eligible for the flu vaccine last year may not be eligible this year.

Babies under 6 months old are too young to receive a flu vaccine. This is because they have maternal antibodies passed on from their mother which prevent the vaccine from working so well. Flu vaccination is offered to all pregnant women in the UK. As well as protecting pregnant women themselves, this also helps to protect their new-born babies from flu.

  • Do not attend the clinic if you are unwell. If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are a contact of confirmed/suspected COVID-19 cases, please do not attend until after the required isolation period. Contact the surgery to cancel your appointment and re-book.
  • We will be vaccinating eligible age and clinical risk groups in line with national guidance . It is important that we keep to the times booked to minimise patients mingling and allow for a degree of social distancing to protect our vulnerable patients.
  • Please wear short sleeved tops to allow for easy access to your arm. If you are able, you will be asked to stand whilst the vaccination is being given.
  • There are different Flu vaccines advised for the over 65 years and under 65 years as scientific research has shown these to be the most effective for those groups.
  • If you are pregnant or become pregnant during the Flu season, please contact us to make an appointment.
  • Children’s clinics will be held separately, and invitations will be sent to those eligible.

For more information, please follow the attached links:-