The flu virus kills thousands on an average year. The vaccine is the best protection. Help us help you protect against flu.
Flu is a serious condition that kills on average 11,000 people in England each year and hospitalises tens of thousands more. Adults at high risk from flu are also most at risk from COVID-19 and the free vaccine is more important than ever, to help protect the nation from a double threat this winter.
The flu vaccination is the best protection for you and those around you which is why it is offered for free for those most at risk. And this year, the programme has been expanded and the free flu vaccine will be offered to a record number of 30 million people to help protect as many as possible from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services.
As part of England’s biggest ever flu campaign – alongside adverts across the media and posters in key locations such as GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals – eligible people will receive additional direct reminders prompting them to book their appointment, supporting the hard work of local GP practices and pharmacies in driving uptake among their registered eligible patients.
Ask your pharmacist or GP if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine. If your child is at school and aged 4-11-year-old make sure you sign and return the consent form.
Visit nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information including leaflets in alternative formats
Flu vaccinations for those aged 50 to 64
You may have heard or seen that the flu vaccination will now be made available to a wider cohort of patients. This includes, 50-64 year olds (with or without a pre-existing condition) and people in the COVID-19 shielding category and their households.
Across mid Essex, GP practices and networks are working together to make arrangements to meet the new demand, and are awaiting guidance on new national vaccine supply. In the meantime, practices will be using their pre-ordered vaccine stock to vaccinate people who were in the previous eligible categories.
for more information on the winter flu vaccine please visit nhs.uk.