Give flu a quick jab and protect yourself this winter

Release Date: 17 October 2017

Richmond Council is encouraging people to get vaccinated against the flu this winter.

The flu vaccination is particularly important for those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu, these include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with long term health conditions. It is also essential that people who provide care for others at risk get vaccinated this year.

Flu can be horrible for little children and if they get it, they can spread it around the whole family. Children will receive flu vaccination in the form of a quick and simple nasal spray. 2 and 3 year olds are invited to their GP surgeries, and children at reception class, and years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be vaccinated at their schools.

Cllr David Marlow, Cabinet member for Adult Services and Health, said:

“Don’t put off getting a flu vaccination. If you’re eligible get it – it’s free and it’s the best protection against an unpredictable virus.

“Vaccinations are available at your GP surgery, local pharmacy or, if you are pregnant, ask your midwife if they offer it.

“Even if you have had it last year, it’s vital you get it again this year as it protects against different strains of flu which can evolve each year.”

Dr Graham Lewis, local GP and chair of Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group, added:

“The best way to protect yourself and your family this winter is to get the flu vaccination. It is free on the NHS for:

  • children aged 2 and 3 (nasal spray)
  • children in reception class and school years one to four (nasal spray)
  • children and adults with a long term condition
  • pregnant women
  • everyone over 65 years old
  • carers

“Flu vaccination is available from your GP practice. It is also available from many pharmacies, often on a walk-in basis, throughout the borough.”

People who have not yet turned 65, but will do so on or before 31 March 2018 are still eligible to receive the vaccine this year.

Visit the London Flu website to find out which pharmacies are offering the flu vaccination and whether you are exempt from payment.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P483/17

Updated: 31 October 2017