This might include a healthier diet, getting more exercise and ensuring your medicine cabinet is stocked up with the basics. But the NHS always recommends organising your vaccination against influenza as a priority.
East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group has asked us to publicise its winter health campaign.
We’re more than happy to help.
Flu is a threat to our health from early autumn right through to spring. With more people than ever getting seriously ill with flu-related complications, enormous pressures are placed on the NHS, taking up intensive care beds and causing delays in A&E.
Vaccination helps prevent flu, but also gives more protection against secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia – like flu, these can be fatal in older people or those with long-term conditions. Avoiding illnesses like this also reduces the need for antibiotics which in turn prevents antibiotic resistance – a serious problem facing the UK population and the NHS.
Last winter saw record flu vaccination levels with nearly 1.5 million more people getting protected than in 2016. The NHS wants to do even better this year. A flu jab is quick, painless and free for those in eligible groups. Get it done at participating local pharmacies or GP surgeries. Children receive an easy nasal spray, meaning no needles.
Who is eligible?
NOTE. Because the children’s vaccine has a shorter shelf life, availability will be limited later in the season so the sooner they have it done, the better. Most schools offer an immunisation programme – look out for the letter requesting parental permission.