Get your free flu vaccination
The flu season is upon us, and residents of Barking and Dagenham are eligible for a free vaccination to help them stay well this winter.
The safe and effective injection helps to stop the spread of flu – a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus, as well as through hand contact.
Groups of people eligible for the vaccination include: everyone over the age of 65, children aged between 2 and 8 or those aged between 2 and 17 with long-term health problems, pregnant women and those with certain health problems where flu could cause them to be seriously ill. Others include those living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility and people receiving a carer’s allowance.
Residents in all the above categories can get the flu jab at their GP surgery, with the exception of school age children who will be offered it at school.
Any housebound person will need to speak to their GP surgery so that arrangements can be made for them to be given the vaccine.
Front line health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. Employers may offer the jab, but if not, it is available through GP surgeries.
‘Flu is contagious and can potentially have serious implications for elderly people and pregnant women’
Councillor Maureen Worby, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health Integration, is encouraging residents to get vaccinated:
“We want to do everything possible to stop the spread of flu this winter, and people getting the flu jab plays a big part in that,” she said.
“I would particularly like to encourage the vaccination of young children, so that they don’t pass the illness onto their parents or more vulnerable grandparents.
“Flu is contagious and can potentially have serious implications for elderly people and pregnant women, so make sure you speak to your local GP about getting a flu jab.’
Find out more about the flu vaccine at the NHS Choices website