Public Health England and the NHS’s joint Stay Well This Winter campaign is now underway with the national flu vaccination programme now available to all eligible people.
The Stay Well This Winter campaign will help the most vulnerable people prepare for winter and avoid having to visit hospital due to common winter illnesses.
Those who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free flu vaccination, ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common.
Flu, and complications associated with it, cause 8,000 deaths on average a year in England.
This year’s campaign aims to continue to increase uptake of the flu vaccination.
Vaccination figures for the South West showing last year’s flu vaccine uptake in the eligible groups:
•44% of children aged 2-4 years
•48% of people in at-risk groups,
•45% of pregnant women
•71% of people aged 65 or older
The flu vaccination is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu. These include children aged 2-8, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with long term health conditions.
To get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible, contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife for more information. Visit the NHS website for more details on how to help you and your family to stay well this winter.