Leeds Health and Care system partners are working to increase the number of people receiving the flu vaccination this year amid fears coronavirus cases could coincide with the cold and flu season.

This year, the vaccine is being offered on the NHS to the following groups: adults 65 and over; people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age); pregnant women; people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list); children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020; children in primary school; children in year 7 (secondary school) and frontline health or social care workers. This leaflet provides more information on who is eligible for the free vaccine and why.

People should be communicated with directly over the next few weeks but if not then they can contact the GP or community pharmacy to book their vaccination. Third Sector employers are asked to ensure workers take up the offer. The PHE comms campaign launches on Monday so there should be many resources available and shared locally next week. In terms of speaking directly to the infection prevention and control team at Leeds Community Healthcare, their details are available here. This Flu Myths document is also a useful resource which aims to clarify some common misconceptions about the flu.

Below is some useful easy read information about flu vaccines. The flyers are saved on Through the Maze website along with other information about the flu and keeping well over winter.