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:
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