Protect yourself from flu this winter

England’s biggest ever flu vaccination drive has launched in London this month. This year’s Stay Well This Winter campaign will see more than 707,600 children aged 2-7 years in London getting protection from flu.

The programme has been extended to children in school year 3, meaning a further 107,000 can be vaccinated compared to last year.

At risk adults, including those with long-term health conditions such as asthma or heart disease, pregnant women and those over 65, will also be offered a flu vaccination. Residents of long-stay care homes and carers should also get the flu jab.

Building on the success of last year, children aged 2, 3 and 4 can get the vaccination from their GP. Parents of children in school years 1, 2 and 3 are asked to give permission for their child to receive the free nasal spray vaccination at school.

Facts about flu:

  • Children are most likely to spread flu to others, so targeting them helps protect the wider community too.
  • Several million people get flu each winter, which led to more than 2,000 NHS intensive care admissions across the UK last year. 
  • Flu can be particularly dangerous for those with long-term health conditions, like respiratory disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis or emphysema), diabetes heart, kidney or liver disease; and chronic neurological diseases (multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy)
  • Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system, and so flu can cause serious complications for a mother and her newborn baby. 

Dr Fiona Butler Chair of West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“The flu vaccination offers protection for millions of people most at risk including young children, the elderly and those with long-term health conditions.

“Flu is not the same as the common cold and we must recognise the difference. Flu symptoms tend to start much more suddenly, can be more severe, and last longer.

“If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination then please contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife for more details.”

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