As autumn approaches in the coming months, now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free jab will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.
The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.
In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of coronavirus this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu jab to reduce the risk of caregivers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.
We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the next few weeks. Due to the current COVID-19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff.
We will be offering drive-through clinics (in Moss Side) and walk-through clinics (at Rusholme Health Centre). Both clinics will be by appointment only.
We are expecting a very high demand for the flu vaccination this year and have a limited supply. If you are eligible for a flu vaccination, you will shortly receive a text message from the practice with further details of these appointments and how to book. Please could we ask you not to contact us until you have received this text message.