Still time for vulnerable people to book flu vaccines this winter

  • 24 January 2022

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Don’t delay, book your flu vaccine today – that’s the call to vulnerable groups from health and care leaders who are reminding local people that there is still time to arrange a flu vaccination for the best protection against the flu virus.

Dr Geeta Iyer, Local GP and Clinical Lead for the Vaccination Programme in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, said:

We’re pleased to have vaccinated many people against flu locally but know there are many more who are vulnerable and have not yet received the life-saving protection of a flu vaccine.

Flu is a serious illness every year and can be deadly for our more vulnerable communities who, because of their unique conditions, can suffer serious complications from the virus.

Vaccines offer the best protection against flu, so I really encourage anyone who is eligible to come forward to arrange a vaccine appointment. Especially people who are pregnant or have long-term health conditions and parents or carers of two- and three-year-old children -remember your child is eligible for a vaccine through their GP.

Lots of people are continuing to come forward for their Covid-19 vaccines, which is great. But we need eligible people to have their flu vaccines too. Many people wrongly assume the Covid-19 vaccine protects you from both the flu in and Covid-19, but truth is that you need both vaccines.

Indicative data is suggesting that only 42% of pregnant people, 54% of people with long-term health conditions and 54% of two- and three-year-old children have taken up the flu vaccine in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire so far.

Adult flu vaccinations are available through your GP practice and local community pharmacy. If you are pregnant, you can also receive a flu vaccine through your local maternity service.

Flu vaccines for two- and three-year-old children can be booked through your GP. The vaccine is given though a nasal spray for children aged between 2 and 17 for the best protection against flu. While many communities might be concerned about the pork gelatine content within the nasal vaccine, it has been assured by the British Fatwa Council. Injectable flu vaccines that don’t contain pork gelatine can also be used instead.

More information about flu and Covid-19 vaccines, including eligibility, is available at grabajab.net.

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