Health secretary Sajid Javid has said that this year's seasonal flu programme will be the biggest in England’s history and urged everyone eligible to take up the jab. They will be made available to more than 35m people including :
- Everyone aged 50 and over, including people who will turn 50 by March 31, 2022
- People with serious long-term health conditions such as diabetes or coronary heart disease
- Pregnant women
- Those who are in long-stay residential care
- People who receive carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- People who live with someone who is more likely to get infections, such as someone who has HIV or who is having certain treatments for cancer
- Frontline health and social care workers
- All secondary school students
A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The flu vaccination programme is now underway in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
"It’s more important than ever to have your flu vaccine as flu levels could be higher this year, because fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the Covid-19 pandemic
“If the NHS contacts you to let you know that you are eligible to have your flu vaccine, please get booked in to protect yourself and others.”
Netherton Pharmacy on Ledbury Road started rolling-out flu vaccines last week. They said they expected to give around 1,000 jabs this flu season and urged people to get them “sooner rather than later".
Thistlemoor Medical Centre in the city centre also confirmed they were expecting first batch of deliveries this week.
Dr Neil Modha from the centre said: “We are getting our first lot of deliveries this week so will start inviting patients into a clinic based on the vaccine we receive and which age cohort that allows us to do.
"When we invite you, you should be able to book in by text - or we may call you to arrange an appointment.
“We estimate that we will be vaccinating around 4,000 patients over the flu season.”
You can find a pharmacy offering the NHS flu vaccine here.
If you are not eligible for a free flu vaccine, you can choose to pay for the service at a pharmacy near you.