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Annual flu programme

Seasonal influenza (flu) is an unpredictable but recurring pressure that the NHS faces every winter. Vaccination offers the best protection.

The 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 within a week.

However, the following people are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu:

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

Flu immunisation elearning programme

An interactive flu immunisation elearning programme, written by PHE, and produced by Health Education England’s eLearning for Healthcare, is available for anyone involved in delivering the flu immunisation programme.

Video for health professionals

NHS Education for Scotland has made a video for health professionals on how to administer the vaccine.

2016 to 2017 flu season

  1. Easy read childhood nasal flu leaflet

    • Guidance
  2. Flu immunisation for early years settings including child minders

    • Guidance
  3. Flu vaccination: easy read invitation letter template

    • Guidance
  4. Influenza vaccine: ovalbumin content

    • Guidance
  5. Which flu vaccine should children have?

    • Guidance
  6. Extension of the Influenza programme to children in England

    • Guidance
  7. Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why

    • Guidance
  8. National flu programme training slide set for healthcare professionals

    • Guidance
  9. Childhood flu programme: information for healthcare practitioners

    • Guidance
  10. Childhood flu programme training slide set for healthcare professionals

    • Guidance
  11. Flu vaccination: invitation letter template for at risk patients and their carers

    • Guidance
  12. Flu vaccination: invitation letter template for children aged 2, 3 and 4 years

    • Guidance
  13. Pre-school vaccinations: preparing for primary school

    • Guidance
  14. Flu vaccine for children: best practice guide for GPs

    • Guidance
  15. Flu: leaflet for people with learning disability

    • Guidance
  16. Flu plan: winter 2016 to 2017

    • Guidance
  17. Flu immunisation for primary school children: advice for headteachers

    • Guidance
  18. Flu vaccination: invitation letter template for school aged children

    • Guidance
  19. Flu vaccination: consent form template

    • Guidance
  20. Five reasons to vaccinate your child against flu

    • Promotional material
  21. Protecting your child against flu

    • Promotional material