GP practices in Camden are urging people to help themselves stay well this winter by booking in for a free NHS flu vaccination.
Flu clinics will be taking place from mid-September so now is the time to ask at your GP practice if you think you are eligible.
Dr Neel Gupta, local GP at Keats Group Practice in Hampstead and governing body member for Camden Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“Most people recover from flu in around a week but some people, due to their age or a health condition, can become seriously ill if they catch it. In the worst cases it can result in hospitalisation and even death. That’s why we offer free flu jabs to people at higher risk.
“Vaccination is safe and the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. You need to have a new vaccination every year, as the viruses that cause flu can change regularly. “Please don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible, contact your GP surgery now. It’s free because you need it.”
Those eligible for a free flu vaccination include:
- those aged 65 and older
- people of any age with a long term health condition (even if you feel well)
- pregnant women (it’s safe at all stages of pregnancy)
- children aged two, three and four or in school years 1, 2 and 3
- carers (paid and unpaid)
- health and social care professionals.
Getting your child vaccinated will not only help protect them from the virus – it will also reduce the chance of it spreading to others such as grandparents and younger siblings. Children receive their vaccination by nasal spray – it’s quick, painless and effective.
For more information contact your GP surgery to arrange a free flu vaccination or visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx