13 November 2017
Kensington and Chelsea residents are urged to get a flu vaccine ahead of winter, following the launch of London’s free flu vaccination drive.
Many people are eligible for a free flu jab, including at-risk adults, those with long-term health conditions such as asthma or heart disease, pregnant women and those over 65.
Cllr Charles Williams, Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Lead Member for Health, said: “Flu occurs every year and most will recover within a week. But for some the flu can be more dangerous.
“Flu is not the same as the common cold and it’s important to recognise the difference. Flu symptoms tend to start more suddenly, be more severe, and last longer.
“Free flu jabs are available for people across the borough who are at increased risk. This includes pregnant women, people living with a long-term health condition, carers and those aged 65 and over.
“Children aged two and three, as well as schoolchildren in reception and years one to four, can also get the vaccination with a quick and painless nasal spray.
“The flu jab is needed each year as the virus can change from one year to the next. It is best to have the flu vaccination in autumn, so I encourage people to arrange their appointment now.
“People can talk to their GP, midwife, practice nurse or pharmacist, or visit NHS Choices for more advice and information.”
Free flu vaccinations are available across the borough for:
• Pregnant women
• Everyone aged 65 or over
• People living with a heart condition, severe asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, liver disease, diabetes, kidney disease or lowered immunity
• Schoolchildren in reception or years one to four
• Two and three-year-old children
• Everyone living in a residential or nursing home
• All carers in the borough, including those employed in a care home, nursing home or via an agency who show their ID badge
• All frontline health and social care workers
Parents of schoolchildren in reception and years one to four will be asked permission for their child to get the free nasal spray vaccination at school.
More information about who can get a free flu jab: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx