Local pharmacies continue to offer FREE vaccinations
Latest data shows thousands of people across the country are still in hospital with flu and hundreds in critical care, as levels of flu circulating remains high.
While many adults and children have already accepted invitations for vaccinations to protect themselves from serious illness, local NHS health and care leaders are reminding residents that there is still time to get vaccinated.
Eligible adults can find out which local pharmacies are offering vaccinations, search online for NHS National Booking Service or call 119.
Parents or carers of 2-3 three olds can make an appointment at their GP surgery to receive a nasal spray.
Parents of school age children who have not received their flu vaccinations can contact the EPUT immunisation team on 0300 790 0597 or email email@example.com.
“Flu can spread very easily at pre-schools and nurseries, so boosting the immunity of youngsters with the nasal spray vaccine is vital in protecting them and their families, especially as we’re seeing a significant rise in infections this year.
We continue to urge residents who are particularly vulnerable to flu such as those over 50, people with certain health conditions to make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations. Pregnant women are also encouraged to take the free NHS flu vaccine to protect themselves and their unborn baby.
Dr Davey adds: “With more people returning to school and work, there is more potential for flu to spread. Taking the flu vaccine can protect against serious illness and even save lives.”Dr Anna Davey, Essex GP.
Those eligible for a free flu vaccination include:
- People aged 50 and over
- Those aged between six months and 49 years with a specified health condition
- Pregnant women
- Children aged two and three on August 31, 2022
- Primary school aged children
- Secondary school aged children in years 7,8 and 9
- Those in care homes and carers
- Household contacts of people with weakened immune systems.
- Frontline social care staff who do not have access to occupational health schemes