The government has updated advice on Covid-19 booster and flu vaccination programs for the fall. Anyone with epilepsy, aged five and over, will be eligible for the Covid-19 booster, although they are not automatically eligible for the flu vaccine.
Those eligible in each category are as follows:
- Residents of an aged care home and staff working in aged care homes
- Frontline health and social service workers
- All adults aged 50 and over
- People between the ages of 5 and 49 in a clinical risk group, including pregnant women (this includes people with epilepsy)
- People aged 5 to 49 who are household contacts of immunosuppressed people
- People aged 16 to 49 who are caregivers
You can read the full list of eligible people in the Green Book on page 14.
Vaccine against influenza
People with epilepsy are not automatically eligible for the flu shot unless they are also in one of the risk groups listed below. However, the list is not exhaustive and the Joint Commission on Vaccination and Immunization emphasizes that physicians should apply their clinical judgment to assess whether influenza will worsen an underlying health condition, as well as the risk of serious illness. due to the flu.
Our Medical Director, Professor Ley Sander, has written a letter which you can download and take to your GP, supporting your request for a free flu shot.
If you are unable to download and print the letter, you can request a printed version by emailing [email protected] or calling 01494 601 300.
Influenza risk groups
The groups now eligible for the flu vaccine in England this coming season are:
- all children aged 2 or 3 on August 31, 2022
- all children of primary school age (from reception to 6ème)
- people aged 6 months to less than 65 years in clinical risk groups (this does not include epilepsy)
- pregnant women
- people aged 65 and over
- those in long-term care homes
- close contacts of immunocompromised people
- frontline staff employed by the following types of social care providers without employer-run occupational health plans:
– a registered retirement or nursing home
– registered home care provider
– a voluntary managed palliative care provider
– Direct payment (personal budgets) or personal health budgets, such as personal assistants
And later in the season:
- All adults aged 50-64
- Secondary school children in grades 7, 8 and 9, who will be offered the vaccine in order of school year (starting with the youngest first).
You can read the full list of eligible people in the Green Book on page 14, table 3.