Mayor urges residents to get their annual flu jab

Free vaccines for those with certain conditions, information available from GPs 

While having his annual flu jab today, John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets is reminding those who are considered most vulnerable to take up their free vaccination at their local GP or pharmacy.

Those considered most vulnerable include the following, and can receive a free flu injection:

  • children aged two or three via their general practice
  • people aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • those with long-term health conditions (from six months to 64 years)
  • carers
  • frontline health and social care workers.

Flu is a highly contagious viral infection that anyone can catch, and it can be very serious for those listed above.

Getting the flu jab or nasal spray is one of the most effective ways to reduce potential harm from the seasonal flu virus, which has to be given every year due to the changes in the flu virus.

People with respiratory diseases such as emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu compared to those that don’t. People with cardiovascular problems, such as chronic heart disease or angina, or those who have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely to die.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “It is really important that people in Tower Hamlets at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu take up the offer of the free vaccine at their local GP or pharmacy. It provides the best protection for people with long term health conditions and the over 65s as we head into winter. To get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible, contact your GP or visit your local pharmacist for more information. If you are not considered vulnerable but want to get your jab, you can receive it from your pharmacist for a small fee.

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