GP surgeries have begun sending out letters to those eligible for the flu vaccine, to attend one of their clinics, as they encourage everyone to ‘stay well this winter.
Reminding patience that ‘flu is more serious than you think’, those deemed at greater risk of severe flu will be offered appointments to receive the vaccine during October and November, ahead of the winter flu season.
The vaccine will be offered to the following groups:
- Pregnant woman
- All children age two up and including age 16
- Anyone aged 50 or over, even if they feel fit and healthy at the moment
- Children aged six months to 2 years old and adults suffering from chronic medical conditions putting them at higher risk
- Anyone living in a residential or nursing home
- Primary carers for elderly or disabled people
Typically those identified as eligible for the flu vaccine will receive their letters automatically; however, if you have any concerns, you can contact your GP directly.
The seasonal flu vaccine program will run alongside the current COVID-19 vaccination scheme for those still to receive their first or second dose.