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QuoteIn 2021 to 2022, influenza vaccinations will be offered under the NHS influenza immunisation programme to the following groups:all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021people aged 50 years or over (including those becoming age 50 years by 31 March 2022)those aged from 6 months to less than 50 years of age, in a clinical risk group such as those withchronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma (requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitischronic heart disease, such as heart failurechronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5chronic liver diseasechronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone diseaselearning disabilitydiabetessplenic dysfunction or aspleniaa weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the influenza season)household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidablepeople living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school years 7 to 11)those who are in receipt of a carer's allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls illhealth and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care or nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients or clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenzahealth and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients or clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenzahealth and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service usersOrganisations should vaccinate all frontline health and social care workers, in order to meet their responsibility to protect their staff and patients and ensure the overall safe running of services.The list above is not exhaustive, and the healthcare professional should apply clinical judgement to take into account the risk of influenza exacerbating any underlying disease that a patient may have, as well as the risk of serious illness from influenza itself.
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