Flu Vaccinations Still Available in Lockdown

Thursday 5 November 2020

As the winter approaches, Kensington and Chelsea residents are being encouraged to get vaccinated against flu.

The vaccine is available for free from your GPs or local pharmacy, to the following groups of people:

  • Over 65s
  • Those with long term conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged between two and 11 years old

Cllr Sarah Addenbrooke, Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Lead Member for Public Health, said:

“I want to encourage everyone who should have a flu vaccination to have theirs as soon as possible. It’s quick and painless.

"Despite the lockdown your GPs and pharmacists remain open and ready to provide the vaccination to all those who are entitled to one. Help protect your family, friends and neighbours and help ease the pressure on the NHS this winter.”

Whilst most people who catch flu usually recover within a week, some can suffer more serious consequences. In recent years over 11,000 people per year die of Flu in the UK.

The vaccine can take up to three weeks to become fully active so residents should book an appointment as soon as possible with their local GP or pharmacy. 

Frontline council staff and councillors who are contact with the public have had their vaccinations this week.