This year's flu vaccination programme should be extended to all over 50s to avoid the normal flu season 'bringing the NHS to a grinding halt', the Royal College of Physicians has said.
GPs look set to be among those targeted first if scientists succeed in their efforts to develop a viable Covid-19 vaccine.
The new GP contract has stated that vaccinations and immunisations will become an essential service this year.
Public Health England and NHS England have advised GPs to call in all eligible children for flu vaccination by early December, following an end to the temporary pause in ordering the nasal flu vaccines.
Flu vaccination during pregnancy is effective in preventing infection and hospitalisation in babies, even when the main circulating strain differs from that in the vaccine, Public Health England research has shown.