It is not ‘just the flu’
Doctors are urging local residents to get a flu jab, especially those who are most at risk including the over 65s. This year people living in a Covid-19 shielding household are also entitled to get a free flu jab.
Dr. Jon Doyle, a Bromley GP advises “Each year the flu kills around 11,000 people and hospitalises thousands more. If you are in one of the at-risk groups, please get your free flu vaccination. It is vital you have one as it will help protect you and those around you from what can be a severe and sometimes fatal illness that could lead to hospital treatment. Arrangements are in place in all GP surgeries to safely provide the flu jab. This includes social distancing measures, face masks, and hand hygiene.
“The flu is not the same as a cold. It is caused by a different group of viruses and the symptoms start more suddenly, are more severe, and last longer. Make an appointment with your GP or visit your local pharmacy as soon as possible to get yours”.
This winter, many more people are eligible to have a free flu vaccine. This includes the over 65s, pregnant women, those with long term health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart disease, etc, and those living in a shielding household. Children aged 2-3 can get a free nasal spray at their GP practice. School-aged children up to year 7 will be offered the vaccine at school – if you have an eligible child, please make sure they get it to help stop the spread of flu. More information about the flu and who is entitled to a free jab is available at www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Staff working in SELDOC sites are getting vaccinated to help protect themselves and the people they care for. Please stay well and help your local NHS by getting your flu jab this winter.