Reminding vulnerable residents to get the flu vaccine

Posted: January 29, 2019

As temperatures continue to drop and snow falls, we're reminding those who are eligible to get their free flu jab.

As temperatures continue to drop and snowfall has been forecasted this week, we're reminding those who are eligible to get their free flu jab.

The UK is still in the midst of winter, which brings with it an increased risk of flu and it can be very unpleasant for most healthy people, but vulnerable groups are at risk of developing potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

People who are eligible for the free flu vaccine this year include:

  • Adults aged 65 and over

  • Adults aged 18-64 with a chronic health condition

  • Adults aged 18-64 with a chronic health condition

  • Children aged 2-3 via their GP practice

  • School children in years reception, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  • Pregnant women

  • Health and social care workers

  • Carers

  • Morbidly obese people

 

Please be reminded to contact your local GP or pharmacist, as it's not too late to get vaccinated.

The Trust is also still offering free flu jabs for pregnant women when they come in for scans and appointments.

A message from Julie Marshman, Chief Nurse 

Often, people think they can cope with flu if they can struggle through a heavy cold, but that's not the case at all. Flu is much worse than the common cold and it can be fatal for some.

This winter, 80% of our staff were vaccinated and we're so proud of them for protecting not only themselves, but their patients, colleagues and families from exposure to horrible flu bug.

It's not too late to have the vaccine, and it's important that you have it as soon as possible, to give your body the time it needs to build antibodies.

Further information

Please see  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

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