It is not too late to get your flu jab in Harlow

Communities / Mon 7th Dec 2015 at 12:22pm

ESSEX County Council and North Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging anyone who is eligible for a free flu jab but has not yet taken up the offer to do so in the run-up to the festive season.

The free flu jab is available from GP surgeries and chemists across the county and is part of the national winter campaign to help people have the best chance of staying well this winter.

The vaccination is available for children aged 2 to 4 and in school years 1 and 2; pregnant women; people aged 65 and over; and those with long-term conditions. These priority groups are at particular risk of flu and vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect against it and stay well this winter.

Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member for Communities and Healthy Living, said: “Flu is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very suddenly; it can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death

“Many people don’t realise they are in a priority group, so please think about whether you qualify – if you’re eligible for the free vaccination and not had it, please get it now – it’s free because you need it. I’ve just had mine at Creffield Medical Centre and found it to be a quick and easy procedure.”

Dr Hasan Chowhan, Clinical Director at the North East Essex CCG and GP in Colchester, said: “As well as looking after yourself over the next few months by getting the flu vaccination, it’s important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors, so if possible keep homes heated to at least 18°C (65°F) and at the first sign of a flu like illness, seek advice and help from your pharmacist.
Do remember to pick up any prescription medicines before Christmas Eve and keep your medicine cupboard stocked up for minor ailments.”

The two organisations are promoting the flu vaccination programme as part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign from NHS England and Public Health England. The campaign is designed to help the public, and in particular those with long-term conditions and those over 65, prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses so they do not need to visit hospital. Supporting the Stay Well This Winter campaign is part of the County Council’s wider work to promote the health and wellbeing of residents, especially the vulnerable, elderly and those most at risk.

For more information and advice about how to look after your health this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell or ask for more information at your GP surgery or local pharmacy.

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