Health leaders across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin continue to encourage everyone with a long-term health condition to get their free flu vaccination as soon as possible and help protect themselves from the harms of flu.
Evidence shows people who catch flu and COVID-19 at the same time are more likely to need hospitalisation or die.
With COVID-19 infections on the rise, doctors, pharmacists and public health leaders are keen to make sure that eligible patients get their free NHS flu jab as soon as possible, to protect themselves and others from the double risk of flu and COVID-19 and reduce pressures on health services this winter. As from 1st December 2020 anyone 50 and over is entitled to a free flu jab.
Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications in people with an underlying health condition such as bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, immunosuppression or a chronic neurological disease – like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy.
The free vaccine is available from GP surgeries and pharmacies, and social distancing and safety measures are in place to make sure the vaccine is given in a safe environment.
People with long-term health conditions should ask their GP or pharmacist about the free flu vaccine, it is not to late to ask.