The biggest ever NHS flu campaign is underway this flu season
Around 30 million people, which is nearly half of the UK population, are being offered the flu vaccine in the biggest winter vaccination campaign the NHS has ever seen.
England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Johnathan van Tam, said in one article “We do recognise it is an extraordinary year – that is why we have taken the steps we have.” He said that robust planning was in place to ensure those who choose to be vaccinated can be.
We are warned this year’s flu season could be bad as Australia have really struggled this winter with more than 290,000 people reported being affected and as a result, they think the UK could suffer too.
Professor Yvonne Doyle, of Public Health England, urged people to get the vaccine as the NHS was only able to vaccinate less than half of those in some of the target groups last year. She said to the BBC, “Some people think the flu is like the common cold. It’s not. It can be a really serious illness and can be deadly for some.” Around 1,700 deaths last year were linked to flu.
Those who are in high risk target groups will be offered the vaccine for free on the NHS. This includes, the over 65s, pregnant women, those with existing illnesses and children. For the first time, all primary school pupils can have the flu vaccination for free. The flu programme has been extended to children due to the fact they are more likely to spread the virus between themselves and to more vulnerable family members. Primary school pupils will be able to get the vaccination in school, while children not in primary school can get theirs from pharmacies and GPs.
Those who are not in one of the target groups can pay privately to get their vaccinations, something which is strongly advised, particularly this year.
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