Residents aged 65 and over urged to get flu jab

Stockport Council and the local NHS are making an urgent plea for Stockport’s 65 year olds and over to get their flu vaccination as soon as possible.

Residents aged 65 and over urged to get flu jab

Stocks of the vaccine designed for 65 years and over are now fully available – meaning anyone who still needs the jab can get it before the flu season hits.

The flu vaccine is available for FREE at GP surgeries and pharmacies.

Dr. David Baxter, Stockport’s Public Health Consultant said:

“Rates of flu disease are currently very low, but we are expecting the flu season to properly hit in the next few weeks. This year there is a flu vaccine specially developed for older people, which is very effective at protecting against the flu. With the current uptake rate for vaccinations in those aged 65 or over in Stockport at around 70%, 17,500 of our older residents are currently unprotected against the flu. Please come and get your specially designed flu vaccine in time to protect yourselves.”

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said:

“Due to national issues regarding this year’s supply of vaccine for over 65s, uptake of the vaccine is currently down on last year. Flu can be potentially life threatening and result in hospitalisation in older people and those in “at risk groups." All GPs and pharmacies have now received additional supplies of the vaccine so please get your vaccination as soon as possible and don’t risk flu ruining your Christmas.”

For further information about the flu vaccine visit the NHS flu web page.