As a Trust, we are supporting the national NHS Flu campaign.
The campaign runs from 6 October across England, encouraging those who are eligible for the free flu vaccination to take up the offer. It is targeted at those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and parents of children aged 2-4.
Those who catch the flu pass it on to an average of two people putting those most vulnerable at an increased risk including those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.
Flu is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very suddenly. Healthy individuals usually recover in two to seven days but for some, the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.
Are you a carer?
Many patients who rely on unpaid carers would be unable to cope alone if their carer caught the flu. Carers who are not vaccinated risk passing the virus on to the people they care for, which could make them seriously ill. Although carers are entitled to a free seasonal flu vaccination from their local GP surgery (and may have already had one due to being in an ‘at risk’ group), many carers are not aware of this or even realise that they are a carer.
Get protected and have your flu vaccination this year by speaking to your local GP or pharmacist.