GPs - Dr Andrew Wilson - flu jab

A South Cheshire doctor says it’s more important than ever this year that those eligible for a free flu jab come forward and get one.

Dr Andrew Wilson, Chair of NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, stressed flu kills around 11,000 people every year in England and hospitalises thousands more.

He described the flu vaccine as the best protection for people at risk of falling seriously ill from the virus – and for those around them.

And he said the CCG had been working with GP practices to plan Cheshire’s biggest-ever flu vaccination programme but with all necessary arrangements made for it to happen in a Covid-safe way.

Dr Wilson said: “This year, more than ever, it’s vital that people protect themselves and their loved ones from this nasty virus.

“By having the jab, people will not only be helping themselves but also protecting the NHS from being overwhelmed by a combination of flu and any spikes in Covid-19.”

Cllr Sam Corcoran, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “Flu is a nasty virus that can make people seriously ill and it kills thousands of people every year.

“It’s so important for those who are eligible to have a flu jab to have it, even more so this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“Please have your flu jab and urge loved ones to have theirs.”

Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, added: “We urge all those who are offered a free flu jab to take one and play their part in keeping themselves and others well this winter.

“It’s the best protection for people at serious risk of falling ill from the virus.”

The free vaccine is available to:
• pregnant women
• people with long-term conditions such as heart and respiratory disease
• people with weakened immune systems
• people aged 65 or over
• people on the Covid shielded list
• frontline health and care workers
• children aged two and three
• primary school children and, for the first time, children in the first year of secondary school (Year 7)

In addition, children who are clinically at risk will be offered the vaccine from the age of six months.

The vaccine is given to most children in school in the form of a nasal spray.

For the first time this year, the vaccine will be available to people aged 50 to 64, starting in December.

Dr Wilson advised people eligible for the jab to ask their GP practice or community pharmacist about getting it.

Visit www.nhs.uk for full details of eligibility plus advice on flu prevention and management of symptoms.

Visit www.cheshireccg.nhs.uk and select “Help Us Help You” for lots of tips on self-care.

One Comment

  1. Eric Shaw says:

    Been in touch with our practice several times about when we can get the flu jab. Told should get an appointment through next week. Won’t hold my breath

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