The flu season is almost here, officially starting on September 1st. Australia has just had a really bad flu season with increased outbreaks and mortality rates and this is sometimes an indicator that the UK season will be bad too. It is therefore more important than ever to get your flu jab at the earliest possible opportunity.
Who is eligible for a free annual NHS Flu Vaccination?
The flu vaccination is routinely given (free of charge) on the NHS to:
- Adults aged 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions including children at risk from 6 months of age
- Pregnant women
- Children aged 2 and 3 on August 31st 2019
- Children in primary school
- Front line health or social care workers
- Those living in a long stay residential care home or other long stay care facility
- Those who receive a carer’s allowance or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
Vaccines and Delivery Dates
There are three different drugs available for flu vaccinations this year:
- Over 65 years old – Fluad, deliveries expected 3rd September, 4th and 16th October.
- 18 – 64 years old – Quadrivalent, deliveries expected 11th and 25th October and 22nd and 29th November
- Under 18s nasal spray – delivery as yet unknown but expected to be late October
Balmore Park Flu Clinics
- Saturday 26th October – Adults only, no under 18’s
- Saturday 9th November