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It’s not ‘Just the Flu’ this year.

Published: 28 September 2020

It’s not ‘Just the Flu’ this year.

In a normal year, flu hospitalises and kills approximately 11,000 people in the UK. It is clear that this winter is not going to be a normal year. The best way Redbridge residents can protect themselves against the flu virus, is to have a flu jab. The vaccine is free to thousands more people this year who are in ‘high risk’ groups (see below). Eligible residents should call their GP surgery, or visit a local pharmacy.

Who is eligible for the flu vaccine this year?

 Everyone aged 65 and over

  • everyone under 65 years of age who has a pre-existing medical condition, such as diabetes or a lung condition. This includes children and babies over six months of age
  • all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
  • two to three year-old children and those in primary school.
  • Year 7 secondary school-aged children
  • anyone who cares for an older or disabled person, or who is on the NHS Shielded Patient List
  • all frontline health and social care workers

Cllr Mark Santos, said:

“In Redbridge last year, only 56% of adults eligible for the free flu vaccine decided to get vaccinated. 

“This year I hope more residents book their free flu jab, as this is a simple way to protect themselves, their friends and family before the seasonal flu outbreak period starts, especially when the Covid-19 infection rate in Redbridge is among the highest in London.”

Dr. Anil Mehta, Chair, Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group, said

 “It is important that we all do what we can to stay well, and out of hospital this winter. It will help to ease pressure on the NHS during the second wave of coronavirus.

“The flu vaccine can protect you and your family against being badly affected by the flu, including developing pneumonia. I am also urging parents to sign of consent forms for eligible children to have their flu and other vaccines in school.”

 Janice Thomas, said from Seven Kings, said:

“I have a flu jab because I work in a school and in contact with many staff and children, I don’t want to catch it, or pass it on.”

For further information and check your eligibility for the free flu vaccine, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/fluinfluenza-vaccine/

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