Biggest flu programme in history being rolled out across borough

Biggest flu programme in history being rolled out across borough

by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

GP surgeries and pharmacies across Sefton are vaccinating thousands of people against flu.

This year will be the most comprehensive flu programme in UK history, with more people eligible for the free NHS vaccine than ever. If you are eligible, please do not call your practice, your GP practice will be in touch to let you know the plans for you to get your vaccine.

Those eligible for a free flu vaccination this year are:

• people who are on the shielded patient list and members of their household

• school year groups up to and including year 7

• people aged over 65

• pregnant women

• those with pre-existing conditions including at-risk under-2-year old's.

Later this year, dependent on supply, people aged 50 to 64 will also be invited to get the flu vaccination. If people are in this age group, they should wait for their invitation and do not call for an appointment.

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “With more people eligible for the flu vaccine and the need for social distancing and infection control measures staff have been working really hard to ensure that everyone will be as safe as possible while receiving their vaccination this year.

“Don’t ignore the flu, it’s a potentially fatal illness and one that can spread very quickly. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine and invited to have it, it is important that you take up that offer.”

Margaret Jones, director of public health for Sefton, added: “Having the vaccine is the single best way to protect against flu and will be an important step in preventing not only you, but your family, friends, and colleagues from getting the virus.

As well as getting the vaccine, practicing good hand hygiene by catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing it away and washing your hands after can really help limit its spread – catch it, bin it, kill it.”

For more information or to check your eligibility for the flu vaccine, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

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