People ‘at risk’ urged to get their flu vaccination to help them keep well
Date: 28 October 2020
The annual flu vaccination campaign in Oxfordshire is underway and people are being invited to get their vaccination against the virus.
A free NHS flu vaccine is available for the following groups:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Patients aged from six months to 65 years in clinical ‘at risk’ groups (see below)
- Pregnant women
- Children aged 2 and 3
- Children in primary school and Year 7
- People in long-stay residential care homes
- Social care and hospice workers who provide direct patient contact
- Health and social care staff working in residential/nursing homes
- Patients on the NHS shielded patient list
- Household contacts of carers and those on the NHS shielded patient list
Dr Edward Capo-Bianco, Urgent Care Lead at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The flu is not the same as getting a cold. It can seriously affect your health and the risks of developing complications are greater for people within the ‘at-risk’ groups. Healthy people usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to a stay in hospital, permanent disability or even death.
“People aged over 65, pregnant women and people aged under 65 with a long term condition such as diabetes or heart disease will be invited to attend flu clinics at their GP surgery to get a free NHS flu vaccination. It is quick and easy to have and is the best form of protection for them and others.
“Flu can be serious for young children, help protect them from flu with one simple nasal spray. It is free, fast and painless. Children are also super-spreaders of flu; by vaccinating them we can reduce the risk of transmission to the frail and at risk groups.
“We encourage social care staff to take up the offer of immunisation to protect themselves, their families and the vulnerable people they care for. They can do this by accessing local schemes that are already in place or, by going to their own GP practice or any pharmacy.”
Changes have been made to make sure it is safe for you to have the flu vaccine at GP surgeries and pharmacies. These changes include social distancing, hand washing and wearing protective equipment.
Notes to editors:
Children eligible for the flu vaccine 2020:
• Children aged two to three years will have the vaccination as a nasal spray in GP practices.
• Children in school years reception to and including Year 7 – these children will receive the nasal spray vaccination in schools from immunisation teams.
• All other children with a health condition that puts them at greater risk from flu.
The free flu vaccine is available to patients who have one of the following conditions:
o heart problem
o chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or asthma (patients who use a regular steroid/preventer inhaler I.e anything other than the blue salbutamol/reliever)
o kidney disease
o lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
o liver disease
o stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
o neurological condition e.g. multiple sclerosis
o morbid obesity (BMI over 40)
o cerebral palsy or a learning disability.
For more information on the NHS flu vaccine visit: https://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/
The annual flu vaccination campaign in Oxfordshire is underway and people are being invited to get their vaccination.
- Date:28 October 2020