The flu vaccine is your best defence this winter. Influenza, more commonly known as flu is a serious disease that can cause severe illness and sometimes even death. In light of the risk of flu and COVID 19 co circulating this winter, the national flu immunisation programme will be absolutely essential to protecting vulnerable people and supporting the resilience of the health and care system.
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT), the school’s immunisation service, will be offering, as they do every year, home visits to vaccinate home educated children who cannot attend a school site for vaccination. Clinically at risk children can also be vaccinated by the assigned GP practice.
The team is currently working on their programme of delivery and contacting the relevant people to make necessary arrangements. If you have any concerns please contact the service directly 01234 310408 or visit their website https://eput.nhs.uk/our-services/bedfordshire-and-luton/bedfordshire-community-health-services/childrens/immunisation-and-vaccination-team/
Flu can affect people differently; even if you are healthy and think you can cope with it, you may pass it onto someone close to you who may be at a greater risk of complications due to medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes etc. The best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and passing it to other people is to have the flu vaccination, which is free to many.
If you are unsure of your eligibility for the free NHS flu vaccine, contact your GP or pharmacy. The more people who have the vaccination this winter, the less the flu virus can spread, helping to protect yourself and those vulnerable children and adults within our community.
For more information about flu and the flu vaccination, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/