Flu vaccination rates continue to climb across the country, but remain lower than ideal in many areas. Many people either forget to get their free jab or do not know they are eligible for it. Mark is keen over the winter months that people take up this treatment to avoid, as far as it is possible, this nasty illness.
Official figures show that just under 2.9m bed days were lost to flu and pneumonia last year in English hospitals, up almost 280,000 from the previous year – an 11% increase. In the Hertfordshire area last year 51,563 older people missed out on their jab, and among over-65s with long-term condition which make them more vulnerable to the effects of flu, just 48.7% were vaccinated. A further 57,272 working age people with long-term conditions also didn’t get the vaccine. Additionally thousands of young children (2-4 year olds) also didn’t get the vaccine, including 543 who were classed as being at greater risk.
NHS Flu Jab
Getting the flu jab is free and easy, and offers the best chance of avoiding the flu that we have. You can have your free NHS flu jab at your GP surgery, a local pharmacy offering the service or your midwifery service if they offer it for pregnant women. Some community pharmacies now offer flu vaccination to adults (but not children) at risk of flu including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people with long-term health conditions and carers.
If you have your flu jab at a pharmacy, you don't have to inform your GP – it is up to the pharmacist to do that.