Fight the Flu – 2020/21 Campaign – Protected Together

Fight the Flu – 2020/21 Campaign – Protected Together

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it is sometimes called seasonal flu. It is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold.

The flu vaccination programme for the 2020/21 flu season is set to be the most comprehensive in history. It has been extended to ensure more cohorts are eligible for the vaccine than in previous years. Children, for example, form a core group in the vaccination programme as this will provide direct protection for the children themselves and also reduce transmission to other members of the community. As COVID-19 is likely to be co-circulating with flu, protecting those who are most vulnerable to hospitalisation is vitally important.

The success of our flu immunisation programme is crucial to supporting the resilience of our health and care systems.

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Key Messages

•       higher demand for flu vaccine is expected this autumn because of concerns about COVID-19, which is likely to be co-circulating alongside the seasonal influenza viruses

•       the childhood flu programme is being extended to reduce the impact of seasonal flu on children and reduce transmission of flu within the community

•       drive to ensure the universal vaccination of frontline health and care workers, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/ clients

•       by reducing transmission of flu, we should be able to avert many cases of severe flu and flu-related deaths in older adults and those in clinical at-risk groups

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It is best to have the flu vaccination in the autumn before any outbreaks of flu. Remember that you need it every year, you will not be protected because you had one last year.

If you want more advice and information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.