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In a major drive to protect the community from flu this winter, NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging all eligible people to get vaccinated against flu in our refreshed Protect Your Family campaign.

The plea comes to help protect the nation from the double threat of flu and coronavirus (Covid-19) this winter. Whilst the flu vaccination won’t protect against Covid-19 it is critical in protecting the general health of the population, particularly those at high risk from Covid-19. Unfortunately many of the groups who are vulnerable to flu are also more vulnerable to Covid-19. 

This year, the flu programme is being expanded with vaccination being offered to more groups than ever in an effort to help protect people from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services; a record number of 30 million people will be offered the free flu vaccine.

Eligible groups of people who can receive the free vaccination are:

  • All 2 and 3 year olds
  • All primary school aged children and secondary school Year 7
  • Pregnant women
  • Those in a clinical at risk group such as those with respiratory (breathing) problems, diabetes, chronic heart, kidney or liver disease (this list is not exhaustive)
  • Those aged 65 and over
  • Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
  • Health and social care workers 

Read the full news story: A major drive is launched across Pennine Lancashire to protect the community from flu this winter

Spread the word

We are working with our partners to help to get these important messages out to the public, service users, staff and partners. We have put together a pack of materials which organisations might find useful in promoting this year’s Flu Campaign. The pack includes:

Public -  

Stay well this winter leaflet 

The flu vaccination who should have it and why booklet 

Easy read adult flu leaflet

Care workers -

  pdf Care workers flu vaccination poster (2.76 MB)

  pdf Care workers flu vaccination leaflet (1.24 MB)

 Children -

Protecting your child against flu leaflet

5 Reasons to get your child vaccinated against flu poster

Learning Disability - 

  pdf Easy read protect yourself from the flu leaflet (1.34 MB)

  pdf Easy read get your free flu jab poster (2.35 MB)

Other languages - 

pdf Urdu flu vaccination booklet (1.12 MB)

Polish flu vaccination booklet

pdf Gujarati flu vaccination booklet (1.05 MB)

pdf Bengali flu vaccination booklet (1.13 MB)

Romani flu vaccination booklet

pdf Punjabi flu vaccination booklet (1.04 MB)

(Other languages are available) if you need any further resources, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.