South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, is supporting the annual NHS flu vaccination campaign and is encouraging constituents who are eligible to take up their free NHS jab.
Flu can cause severe illness and even death among at-risk groups, including: older people; pregnant women; and those with a long-term health condition.
It can make the effects of an existing condition worse and makes complications like pneumonia more likely. This is why flu vaccination is offered to at-risk groups each year before the flu virus starts to circulate.
Craig Mackinlay MP said:
“Flu vaccination remains the best protection we have against the influenza virus, and it is vital that those who are eligible have the flu vaccine every year, as the vaccine helps protect against different strains of flu which evolve each year.
“This year even more people are eligible – around 22 million – including social care workers, who were offered free vaccinations for the first time last year, as well as hospice staff for the first time.
“Those aged 65 and over will also be given the newly-licensed adjuvanted trivalent vaccine this year, which is designed to boost the body’s immune response, improving the effectiveness of the vaccine in the older age group.
“For those not eligible for a free jab, many community pharmacies offer the flu jab for as little as £10, so a fairly small fee for added peace of mind.”