Time to get your flu vaccination!

It’s time for residents across Coventry and Warwickshire to think flu and get protected by having their flu vaccination.

Australia and New Zealand have experienced a bad flu season this year – as to what will happen this winter in the UK – we can only say that flu varies season to season and we need to ensure that we are properly prepared. Each year the World Health Organisation reviews the circulating strains of flu and recommends which strains should go in the vaccine. It’s really important that as many eligible people as possible get their vaccination which is the best way to protect everyone from flu. Vaccines are the best defence we have against flu and not only protect people who have received the vaccine but also those around them.

GPs, pharmacies and antenatal clinics are offering the vaccination – making it as easy as possible for people to get their vaccination booked.

Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, local Clinical Commissioning Groups and hospitals are urging communities to get vaccinated. Flu vaccinations are an important way of protecting yourselves and family from flu.

One in three people in the region are entitled to a free vaccination. Last year, most people offered the vaccine chose to be immunised. Those able to have free vaccinations include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, children or adults with serious medical conditions and carers.

A nasal vaccination is available for all children aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2017 (born between 1st Sep 2013 to 31st Aug 2015) from GPs and the vaccine is being offered at school for children in Reception and school years 1-4. Make sure your child has the vaccination and doesn’t miss out.

The flu vaccine changes every year to fight off the latest strains of the flu. Even if you had the vaccine last winter you still need another one this year to stay safe.

Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health said: “We are wholly supportive of this year’s flu campaign. Protecting vulnerable people from flu, and also protecting our health and social care services this winter is a priority for us. Vaccinating healthy children is also an important way of protecting others. Although flu is a mild illness in most, it can and does kill. We urge people to make their appointment today and not to delay.”

Frontline Health and Social Care staff who provide personal care to people are also encouraged to get a jab to protect themselves and those around them.

Simply contact your GP or pharmacy to arrange an appointment today. It’s quick, safe and free for those most at risk.

For more information, you can also visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx

For flu campaign resources visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/flu