Reminder for families to book their flu vaccination appointments

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Contact is reminding families with disabled children that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine this year.

Groups eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine include children and young people with underlying health conditions, young people with learning disabilities and parent-carers.

While some children and carers have received their flu vaccination, others are still waiting for an appointment. NHS England says: “Due to high demand for the flu vaccines, there may be some delays getting an appointment.”

But the NHS has also pledged there will be enough flu vaccines for everyone who needs one.

New batches of the vaccine

Amanda Elliot, Contact’s strategic health lead, said: “Don’t be deterred from booking a flu vaccine appointment if you or your child is eligible, even if you have not had a letter inviting to for an appointment. It’s not too late.

“GPs and pharmacies are starting to get new batches of the vaccine, so now is the time to contact your practice and request an appointment.” 

You can find out more about the flu vaccine including who is eligible and you can listen to our flu vaccine podcast for parents.  

Many disabled children in primary school or the first year of secondary school will receive the vaccine at school in the form of a nasal spray.

But other children and young people with underlying health conditions will need to be vaccinated at their GP surgery.

Parents of young people with a learning disability aged 14 and over in England can ask  for their teenager to be added to the GP practice learning disability register.   

Being added to the register should generate automatic invitations for them to attend an Annual Heath Check and future flu vaccinations. 

There are some small differences in the flu vaccine programmes in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales 

Families can find out more about the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland flu vaccine programmes via these links.