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In 2021 to 2022 the expanded influenza vaccination programme continues as part of our wider winter planning when we are likely to see both influenza and COVID-19 in circulation. This means that alongside the usual eligible groups, all 50 to 64 year olds are being offered influenza vaccination and the programme is being further expanded into secondary schools up to Year 11 for the first time. In order to support the expanded vaccination programme and achieve even higher vaccine uptake rates compared to last year, DHSC has secured an additional supply of influenza vaccines .
All year long, researchers at hospitals around the world collect samples from flu patients and send them to top virology experts with one goal: to design the vaccine for the next flu season. But why do we need a new one every year? Vaccines for diseases like mumps and rubella offer a lifetime of protection with two shots early in life; what’s so special about the flu?