It may be summer in the capital, but the NHS is already starting to plan for winter.
Along with seasonal bugs, slips and falls, and the flu, London’s NHS may also be treating patients with Covid-19 this winter. Hospitals and emergency services are likely to be busier than in previous years.
We are asking everyone who is at risk of being affected by the flu to get vaccinated this autumn. By having the flu vaccination, you will help protect yourself and others from what can be a severe, and sometimes fatal, illness which could lead to a hospital treatment. You will also be helping to protect the NHS from coming under pressure.
You should have the flu vaccine if you:
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant
- are an adult or child with certain conditions
- live with someone on the shielded patient list
- are aged 50-64 (but please note that vaccinations will be given later in the year for this group)
- are living in a care home or other long-stay facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person
- are aged 2-3
- are in primary school, or the first year of secondary school (Year 7)
- are a frontline health and social care worker.
The NHS will contact you directly if you are eligible, and will give you information about where to go to get the vaccine.