Have you had your free flu jab?

Published Wednesday, 11th December 2019

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People who qualify for the flu vaccination are being urged to take advantage of the free jab as soon as possible.

Flu can be very serious in those with under developed or compromised immune systems and getting protected is the best form of defence.

Those people considered to be in the most “at risk” groups are:

  • those aged over 65
  • primary school children
  • adults with underlying medical conditions
  • pregnant women

If you fall into one of these groups and have not received your free flu vaccination, or are a parent or carer for someone who is eligible, please contact your GP, health visitor or school office.

Frontline healthcare workers are also being encouraged to have the vaccination in order to protect the patients and people they care for. Health visitors, social care workers and other members of staff employed by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council who interact personally with residents have been offered a free vaccine.

Krishna Ramkhelawon, Interim Director of Public Health at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: “The best defence against the flu is to be vaccinated and we strongly urge all patients in at-risk groups to get vaccinated and for parents to ensure their young children receive their vaccine as soon as possible.”

Public Health England is working closely with NHS England and Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care to ensure that all eligible children receive their flu vaccination as soon as possible. 

The adult flu programme has continued as normal and PHE is reminding all those aged 65 and over, pregnant women and all children and adults with underlying medical conditions to visit their GP or pharmacist to get their flu vaccine.