Encourage your patients to get a flu vaccination this autumn
Public Health England has published a useful leaflet for people considering a flu vaccination this autumn. The leaflet explains how people can protect themselves and their families from the flu, and why it is important that people who are at increased risk from flu have their free vaccination every year.
The text aims to dispel myths about flu and highlights the serious damage it can do to people, particularly if they are in a number of high risk groups.
Summary of those who are recommended to the have the flu vaccine.
- everyone aged 65 and over
- everyone under 65 years of age (and over 6 months old) who has certain long-term medical conditions such as heart, liver and kidney disease, diabetes and neurological conditions (full list on page 4 of the leaflet)
- all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
- all two- and three- year-old children
- all children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
- everyone living in a residential or nursing home
- everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
- household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised
- all frontline health and social care workers
More details are given in our annual Back to Basics page on the seasonal flu vaccination campaign.
The Winter 2018/19 flu vaccination. Public Health England
NHS Choices information on the flu vaccine
NHS England. Flu Vaccination Programme Delivery Guidance 2018-19