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Are you 50 or over? You can get a free flu jab

Categories: East Sheen,East Sheen News,News

People aged 50 to 64 can now receive a free flu vaccine as part of the expanded flu vaccination programme this winter. 

This age group has been newly added to this year’s national flu vaccination programme in response to the additional health risks associated with coronavirus. Catching flu and coronavirus at the same time could have serious consequences for your health and put our healthcare system under strain, so it is vital that as many people as possible eligible for the flu jab receive the flu vaccine. Age 50 and over in this context includes those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2021.

Speak to your GP or pharmacist to book yours. 

The other groups eligible for a free flu vaccine are: 

  • Adults aged 65 and over 
  • Those who have an underlying health condition (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or a chronic neurological disease) 
  • Pregnant women 
  • Children aged 2-3 years old 
  • All primary school children and those in year 7 
  • Household contacts of those on the NHS shielded patient list for Covid-19 
  • Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill 
  • Frontline health and social care workers 

Alternatively, you can opt to pay for the flu vaccine privately at private GPs and high street pharmacies including Superdrug and independent ones. 

Spatetree Pharmacy on Sheen Lane have access to vaccinations for all age groups above 18 years. They are offering it on a first come – first served basis, and it’s free for eligible groups. Their task is to give priority to NHS patients, however they are still able to do some vaccinations privately. The cost of the vaccination is £19.50, according to Spatetree Pharmacy.

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health & Housing Committee and the Richmond Health & Wellbeing Board, said: 

“In the context of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we take action to protect the NHS and health care resources for those who need them most this winter. The flu jab takes no time at all and will help stop you and your loved ones from getting a nasty illness this winter. So, even if you have never had a flu vaccine before, please play your part and get your flu jab!” 

For further information visit www.richmond.gov.uk/flu_jabs   

Author: Bori Kiss

Bori has been a member of the ESV team since 2012. She loves long walks in Richmond Park and coffee that's not too hot to drink.