This year will be the first Winter where flu and Covid-19 will be circulating together after the lifting of restrictions in England. Last Winter there were social distancing measures in place and a national lockdown for most of the flu season.
The two viruses have the potential to add to the pressure on the NHS and could significantly impact vulnerable groups. The flu vaccine programme has been extended to all of the following groups this year through the NHS:
all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021
• those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
• pregnant women
• those aged 50 years and over
• those in long-stay residential care homes
• close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
More people are likely to catch flu this year as fewer people built up natural immunity last year. Getting flu and Covid-19 at the same time could result in serious illness. Getting vaccinated against flu helps to protect people around you who are vulnerable.
If you are not eligible to get the flu vaccine on the NHS you can get it from local pharmacies. Some employers choose to provide flu clinics at work to ensure ease of access to their employees and maximise uptake.
If you are an employer and would like to find out more information about onsite clinics, please get in touch on 02380 475000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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