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Flu vaccination to be extended to 50-64 year olds from 1 December 2020

People aged between 50 and 64 are to be invited to have a free flu vaccine as part of the national seasonal flu campaign.

The Department of Health and Social Care has now confirmed that the flu programme will be extended to the new, younger age group from December.

This means that if you are aged between 50 and 64, you will be invited to get your free flu vaccine from the beginning of next month and into the New Year.

GPs and pharmacies across Slough, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; Bracknell, Surrey Heath and North East Hampshire and Farnham are currently arranging appointments to coincide with delivery of new vaccine stock.

Jo Greengrass, Associate Director of Nursing, Quality & Safety and Chair of the Frimley Collaborative Flu Group, said: “Due to its sheer scale, the flu vaccination campaign is carried out in phases and it’s important to remember that vaccinations will continue throughout the winter season. Because of this we would ask residents across the area to please be patient and wait to be contacted by their GP, as they make plans to roll out the vaccine to this new cohort. You can also visit your practice website for information.

She added: “If you are in one of the other priority eligible groups and have not yet had your vaccination, it’s not too late, you can still book an appointment by contacting your practice or local pharmacy.

“Even if you are currently working from home, or your contact with others has largely reduced in light of restrictions in place, it is still important that you have your flu vaccine if you’re in one of the eligible groups. This includes people aged 65 or over, people aged under 65 with long-term health conditions, pregnant women, carers, and shielded patients.”

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The vaccine will also be available at some local pharmacies.

Frimley Health and Care