This autumn is the best time to get your flu vaccination

Stockport Council and health partners are encouraging eligible residents to get their flu vaccination if they have not already.

The flu vaccination is important now more than ever because:

  • if you're at higher risk from coronavirus, you're also more at risk of problems from flu
  • if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
  • it'll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus

By getting the flu vaccine, you’ll be able to protect yourself and your loved ones from falling ill and protect outbreaks in the community. The best time to have the flu vaccine is now in the autumn before flu starts spreading. This year, the programme is being expanded to help protect people from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy, it will usually clear up on its own within a week. However, for some ‘at-risk’ groups, such as those aged 65 and over, expectant mums, or those with an underlying medical condition, the flu virus can be life threatening, so the NHS offers these people a free vaccination.

To help increase uptake in the social care sector, for the first time, pharmacists will be able to vaccinate both residents and care home staff at the same time. Employers of frontline health and social care workers also have a responsibility to ensure their staff can get the free vaccine.
Vaccinating health and social care staff will help to protect the vulnerable people they are caring for, by reducing the risk of them bringing the virus into the home and spreading it amongst the residents or service users.

For a full list of eligible people for the flu vaccine under the national programme this year, visit the NHS website.

Councillor Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “This year, it is even more important for individuals eligible for a free NHS flu jab to protect themselves and their loved ones.

The best time to have the flu vaccine is now in the autumn before flu starts spreading. The flu vaccine gives the best protection against an unpredictable virus. Simply contact your GP to arrange your annual flu vaccination.”

Dr Cath Briggs, GP Chair, NHS Stockport CCG said: “Stockport General Practice encourages people to have their flu jab. Supplies have been running low but we have been able to obtain more supplies, so if you are in an at risk group, please contact your practice or pharmacy to book an appointment.

“Vaccination levels in Stockport are always high which means that we are protecting each other, our families and our health and care system from catching flu, which is more important than ever this year.”

For further information about the flu vaccine, please visit the NHS Website.