The NHS and Public Health England’s Help Us Help You, Stay Well This Winter campaign launched on the 8 October 2018. The free flu vaccination is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu. These include:
- people aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- people with underlying health conditions
- children (aged 2-9)
People aged 18 – 64 with underlying health conditions, will be offered a ‘quadrivalent’ vaccine that will offer protection against four strains of flu.
For older people, taking up their flu vaccine could reduce GP consultations by 30,000, hospitalisations by over 2,000 and prevent over 700 hospital deaths from flu in England. In addition, the NHS are offering the vaccine as a nasal spray to an extra school year (year 5), meaning all children aged 2-9 can be vaccinated.
Find out more about the work taking place locally here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/news/2018/10/flu-vaccination-2/
For national information about the vaccine visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/