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Time to get you Flu Vaccination

Published: Friday, 25th October 2019 flu

Public Health England launch Flu Campaign

The aim of the national flu immunisation programme is to offer protection against the effects of flu to as many eligible people as possible. All those in eligible groups should take up the offer of flu vaccination to ensure that they are protected before seasonal flu circulates.

In 2019/20 the free flu vaccination will be offered to:

  • Those aged 65 years and over
  • Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • Pregnant women
  • Those living in a residential or nursing home
  • The main carer of an older or disabled person
  • Children aged 2-3 (on 31 August 2019) and all primary school aged children
  • People with long term conditions
    • a heart problem
    • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including COPD, bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
    • kidney disease
    • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
    • liver disease
    • stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
    • diabetes
    • a neurological condition e.g. multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability
    • a problem with spleen e.g. sickle cell disease, or you have had spleen removed
    • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • Frontline social care workers

Anyone can protect themselves by getting a ‘flu jab’, we have a list of pharmacies who provide them in Worcestershire, prices vary so it is worth shopping around.  Worcestershire pharmacies can be viewed here  www.worcestershire.gov.uk/flu or if you live outside Worcestershire you can find your local pharmacy here  https://beta.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy/

We have also produced a short film which tackles the myths that surround flu which can be viewed here https://youtu.be/DGeEiiPiMik

Resources are available and can be ordered free of charge from the public health England campaign resource centre https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources.

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