Flu Vaccination

This year, the NHS is aiming to vaccinate around 4.5 million people in the South East – up from 2.6 million last winter – to help prevent the spread of flu. For the first time, children in school Year 7, and household contacts and carers of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, are all eligible for the free vaccination. The full list of those who are eligible for a free flu vaccine on the NHS is below:

  • 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 CCG 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 individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to a stay in hospital, permanent disability or even death.”

For more information on why vulnerable groups should have the flu vaccine please see here

 

 

Flu Support For Faith Communities

Faith and community leaders in Oxford are also encouraging their communities to get vaccinated. Imam Monawar Hussain, Muslim Chaplain, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  explains the important of getting a flu vaccine and reassures the community that it is safe to do so here

 

 

Flu Vaccination Messages In English, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Punjabi & Pashto:

 

 

Click here to listen in Bengali 

Click here to listen in Urdu 

Click here to listen in Punjabi 

Click here to listen in Arabic

Click here to listen in Pashto

 

 Advice For Those With Learning Disabilities 

Please see below for some useful advice from Learning Disability Nurse Becky Sparks

Click here for general flu advice 

Click here for flu advice in sign language

 

 

Why You Should Have The Flu Jab - With Dr Raj Thakkar

 

 

More information on the flu vaccination.