Flu and COVID-19
Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. To find out more about the symptoms of flu visit the NHS website.
Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why?
The flu vaccine provides the best protection available against a virus that can cause severe illness.
If you are eligible for flu vaccination, you need to be vaccinated every year as the antibodies that protect you from flu decline over time, and flu strains change from year to year. It can take up to two weeks for your immunity to build up fully after you have had your flu vaccine. NHS Flu vaccine.
Where can you get the flu jab in Worcestershire?
To find a pharmacy that offers the flu jab visit NHS flu vaccine
Who should have it and why?
The COVID-19 autumn booster is being offered to people at higher risk from coronavirus. By taking up the booster vaccine this autumn, you will increase your protection ahead of the winter months, when respiratory viruses are typically at their peak. Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 booster vaccines.
Where can you get the COVID-19 autumn booster vaccination
You can visit this website to find out where you can get the covid booster vaccination locally to you:
How to get a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
Work in Health and Social Care?
For those working in a care home or health and care environment, where there are many vulnerable people, it is incredibly important to have the free flu and COVID-19 vaccine. It not only helps to protect you and your immediate family, but also helps to protect the people you support.
If you are a carer and need further advice or support, you can also contact our local carers organisations and they will advise you if you are able to receive your COVID-19 vaccine: Worcestershire Association of Carers.
If you are an unpaid carer, you are eligible for free PPE, you can complete the online form: Sign-up form for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portal.
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
PPE remains free either until March 2023 or until guidance changes.
There is guidance on infection prevention and control: COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC) - GOV.UK
NHS Health checks
An NHS Health Check is a free check-up of your overall health that can tell you whether you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems.