Each year, flu kills on average 11,000 people in the UK and hospitalises thousands more.
This year, it is more important than ever for people who are at risk to get their free flu vaccination.
By having the flu vaccination, you help protect yourself and others from what can be a severe, and sometimes fatal, illness which could lead to needing to go into hospital.
It is particularly important this winter more than ever that you keep well and hopefully avoid going into hospital during a second wave of Covid-19.
This winter, many more people are eligible to have the free flu vaccination.
If you’re over 65, are pregnant, have a long-term health condition, or you’re in a shielding household, please speak to your GP or pharmacist to get a free flu vaccination. You can book online with your local pharmacist at myvaccinations.co.uk.
Children aged 2-3 can get a free nasal spray at their GP surgery. School aged children up to year 7 will be offered the vaccine at school. If you have an eligible child, please make sure they get it to help stop the spread of flu.
“Flu is a very infectious disease with symptoms that can come on very quickly and is more common in the colder months”, explains Dr Jon Doyle, a Bromley GP. “The most effective way to protect yourself and those around you is by having the flu jab. The flu spreads from person to person – even amongst those not showing symptoms. All of our Bromley borough flu clinics have infection control measures in place so you can be vaccinated safely.”
If you are eligible for a free flu jab, your GP practice will contact you directly by letter, telephone call or text message to arrange an appointment. If you are not registered with a local GP practice, you can contact the surgery of your choice by telephone or email to register as a new patient. Further details about local GP practices and the services they offer can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-gp