Bracknell Forest Council is urging eligible to book their free flu jab. Flu circulates every year and becomes very prominent in the winter months. It can be extremely dangerous for the elderly, the very young and those with long-term health conditions.
There will be a two-phased approach to this year’s flu vaccinations. The initial rounds will be for the following groups who are considered to be most at-risk:
- 65+ years old
- pregnant women
- children aged 2 to 11 years old
- those who are shielding and members of their household
- frontline health and social care workers
- those with a long-term health condition (LTHC)
Once the vaccinations for the most at-risk are well underway, the programme will then invite people aged 50-64 to get their flu jab. GP surgeries are already busy contacting those who are eligible to arrange their appointment.
Cllr Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, gets his flu jab every year and is encouraging Bracknell Forest residents to do the same, he said:
“Getting your flu jab is the best protection there is against the flu virus. Flu can spread very quickly. Symptoms can be extremely unpleasant, severe and in some cases, life threatening.
“Coronavirus hasn’t gone away and with flu season approaching our NHS could face intense pressure. As we all know, winter is naturally a very busy time for the NHS. The best thing we can do to help ease that pressure is to get vaccinated and maintain good hygiene practises. The flu jab itself is quick and easy and it really doesn’t hurt.
“We don’t want to put ourselves in a position where we could catch COVID-19 and the flu, the outcome could be fatal. Let’s keep ourselves protected from flu and be fighting fit for winter.”
This year’s flu vaccination programme is the most comprehensive in UK history. It aims to vaccinate over 30 million people in order to prepare the NHS for the risk of a second peak of coronavirus and relieve winter pressures on A&E and emergency care units.
If you are eligible for the vaccine, you will be contacted by your GP practice over the coming weeks. They will explain how you will be able to get the flu vaccination. For more information visit the NHS website.