It was wonderful to meet the great team at Badham Pharmacy in Longford earlier today. I would like to thank the team for inviting me to cut the ribbon and explaining more about the work they are doing for the community.
It was interesting to learn more about how they are preparing for the upcoming flu season. Whilst I was there I took the opportunity to get my flu vaccination.
Flu is a serious condition that kills, on average, 11,000 people in England each year and hospitalises many more.
This year, the flu vaccination programme is being expanded to help protect people from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services. The health system is working to provide the free flu vaccine to 30 million people, the highest number on record, including:
• All primary school children, and, for the first time, Year 7 children.
• Two-and three-olds.
• The most vulnerable people, including adults aged 65 and over, those with long-term health conditions and pregnancy women.
• Household contact of people on the NHS Shielded Patient List and all health and social care workers who have direct contact with the people they care for.
Once uptake has been maximised in the most at-risk groups, the newly eligible 50-64-year olds will be invited for vaccination later in the season.
Adults at high risk from flu are also most at risk from COVID-19 so I encourage everyone to join me and get vaccinated. It is more important than ever to help protect the nation from a double threat this winter.
For more information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/cond…/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/