Eastleigh MP Mims Davies is encouraging constituents to look into having a flu jab this winter after going to Everetts Pharmacy in Hedge End to have the injection herself. The injection is available to everybody with careful consultation with certain people eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS and a modest cost for those who are not. Your GP or local Pharmacist will be able to answer any questions you have about the suitability of having this vaccine.
For children there is an extensive NHS programme which means children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2016 will be invited to receive the vaccine. There is also a schools’ programme for children in Reception through to year 5 plus those aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/
“Getting a flu jab is now part of my annual get ready for winter routine. The NHS continues to provide this free to those who are eligible and their extensive childrens’ programme helps to protect our families too. Personally I know that there’s nothing worse than a poorly child – they are miserable and you feel helpless to be able to console them. If you can, I strongly encourage everyone think about getting a flu jab. You’ll be protecting not only yourself but also those more vulnerable in our communities as you won’t be there to pass anything on. At around £12 for the jab this is still a cost effective way of avoiding the flu which can result in days lost at work, impact on family and a strain on our local GP and hospital services.”
Mark Swift, the Everetts’ Pharmacist said,
“The flu jab is just starting to come into stock. With the prediction that this is going to be one of the coldest winters in a decade it is worth protecting yourself against this unpleasant illness. Appointments are not always necessary but do call ahead if you can”.
If you have any queries about the flu vaccination advice can be found on the NHS Choices website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/ or at your local pharmacy.