Flu vaccine

NCL Wide

NCL ICB has an ambitious target of significantly increasing flu vaccination uptake rates in NCL during the 2022-23 flu period, and it values all your efforts in ensuring your at-risk patients are protected against the flu virus this winter.

The ICB has put together some resources that you might find useful to assist you in having the highest possible uptake rates, therefore protecting your patients and increasing your practice income. Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England (NHSE) expect practices to invite 100% of all eligible patients.

Who should have the flu vaccine?

This year, the free flu vaccine will be offered to: 

  • those aged 65+
  • those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups 
  • all children aged two to ten on 31 August 2022 (i.e. up to school year six)
  • pregnant women
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • 50-64 year olds not in clinical risk groups (including those who turn 50 by 31 March 2023)
  • secondary school-aged children focusing on years seven, eight and nine, with any remaining vaccine being offered to years ten and eleven.

There remains a need to focus on immunising two and three year olds, as well as ensuring that all practice staff have the vaccine.

Where practice staff are immunised in other settings, it is important that this information is included in the ImmForm submissions to reflect how many primary care staff have been vaccinated.

NCL ICB will be working with local authorities and other partners to support the national winter vaccinations campaign, highlighting the key messages around the importance of flu vaccinations and Covid-19 boosters for at-risk groups, and poliovirus vaccinations for one to nine year olds. The ICB will also be promoting general advice for staying well over the winter months.

National flu programme

The national flu programme is a coordinated and evidence-based approach to planning for the demands of flu across England.

Each year, the NHS prepares for the unpredictability of flu. For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease, with recovery generally taking place within a week. However, there is a particular risk of severe illness from catching flu for:

  • older people
  • the very young
  • pregnant women
  • those with underlying disease, particularly chronic respiratory or cardiac disease
  • those who are immunosuppressed.

Review date: Thursday, 17 August 2023