Information about Flu vaccines 2020



Immunisation against flu is vital this year so please have a vaccination if you are eligible, especially as it is expected that influenza and Covid-19 virus will be circulating at the same time. Every year, there are a substantial number of people who die or are hospitalised as a direct consequence of influenza. Having the vaccination reduces your risks of being severely ill. It also means that your respiratory system will not be weakened, so you are better able to fight off a Covid infection if you are infected.


Research has also shown that where lots of people in a general population have been vaccinated, there are fewer hospitalisations and fewer people attending hospital with respiratory exacerbations. This is especially true for vaccination of young people, who may spread infection to vulnerable relatives and friends.


You are eligible for a flu vaccine if you are:

A child aged 2 – 11 years of age on 31st August 2020. We will run a recall process for younger children whose dates of birth fall between 1.9.2016 and 31.8.18, with older children being vaccinated at school or nursery.

An adult aged 50 or older, or becoming 50 by 31.3.2021

Aged 6m to less than 50, but in a clinical risk group

  • Chronic respiratory disease, such as severe asthma for which you take regular treatment
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or bronchitis
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
  • Learning disability
  • Diabetes
  • No spleen or a spleen dysfunction
  • A weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • Morbidly obese 
  • All pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
  • Household contacts of individuals who are immunocompromised or who are on the NHS shielded patient list, if expect to be living with the shielded person over the winter months
  • People in long-stay residential homes
  • Those who are the main carer for an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • Health and Social Care staff, employed in a residential care setting or hospice or working as a private care, who are directly involved in providing care to vulnerable individuals.
  • Most staff working for the NHS or Social Care will be offered flu vaccine by their employer but ask us if your employer is not able to provide this service.


Many people find text reminders are really helpful. Please let us have your mobile phone details so that you don’t miss out on vital information this flu season – you can phone us on 01202 522622 or send an email to james.fisher@dorsetgp.nhs.uk – don’t forget to give your full name and date of birth so that we get the details on the correct patient record.



As in previous years, there is likely to be a private service available via community pharmacies or local private health providers – costs are usually in the region of £10 - £15, so you may feel that you wish to pay this in order to be protected earlier in the season.


  • Let us know if you are housebound, we will make arrangements for someone to visit you at home.  


Thank you for reading this information and thank you in advance for your help in the smooth running of our Flu vaccination programme.


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