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Flu vaccination reminder
Getting a flu vaccination is important to protect yourself and others, as well as reduce pressure on the NHS during this time.
If you have had COVID-19, it is safe to have a flu vaccination. If you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been advised to self-isolate, please do not attend your GP surgery for a vaccination.
Colleagues are encouraged to arrange to receive a flu vaccination if they:
- are 65 and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2021)
- have certain health conditions including:
- respiratory conditions eg asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets)
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis
- heart conditions eg coronary heart disease or heart failure
- overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
- chronic kidney disease
- liver disease eg hepatitis
- neurological conditions eg Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS)or cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- problems with your spleen eg sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
- taking medicines such as steroid tablets or having chemotherapy treatment
- are pregnant
- are in a long-stay residential care
- receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- frontline health or social care workers
More information on flu vaccinations is available here.