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Don’t wait to get your flu jab this lockdown

‘Please don’t wait to get your flu jab this lockdown’ is the message from your local NHS.

Despite entering a second lockdown with restrictions in place due to Covid-19, flu clinics are still operating in accordance with guidelines to ensure the safety of both patients and staff.

It’s important that those in groups who are most at risk of flu, and are entitled to receive the jab free on the NHS, get their vaccine to help stay well this winter.

This includes people aged 65 and over, those under 65 with long-term health conditions, pregnant women, children aged 2 and 3 and children in primary school.

Children in school Year 7, and household contacts and carers of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, are also eligible for the free vaccination this year.

If you are in one of the groups described above but have not as yet heard from your practice, you may want to contact them to book an appointment. Local pharmacies are also offering the vaccine.

Jo Greengrass, Associate Director of Nursing, Quality & Safety and Chair of the Frimley Collaborative Flu Group said: “This year, more than ever, it is really important that you get the flu jab to help us help you stay well this winter. This is particularly important for those in at risk groups as flu can cause severe complications.

“Flu spreads from person to person, even amongst those not showing any symptoms. Whilst the threat may be invisible, the protection against it is clear.

“Whilst we are really pleased with the vaccine uptake in some at risk groups to date, we know that there are still thousands more eligible who are yet to be vaccinated.

She added: “Even if you are staying away from other people due to COVID-19, it’s important that you still get your vaccine, particularly if you’re in an at risk group, as it will protect you from the identified flu strains for this year as well as reduce the severity or long-term complications.

“Having the vaccine will also reduce the chances of you needing to go to hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic which is better for you and better for NHS staff.”

Across Slough, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; Bracknell, Surrey Heath and North East Hampshire and Farnham, flu clinics are being run from either local venues within the community or within practice premises. Details can be found by visiting your practice website. In all venues, appropriate infection control measures are being followed.

Please note that appointments are being pre-booked in the safety of all those concerned.

For more information on the flu vaccine, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

Frimley Health and Care