[Skip to content]

Thanet residents reminded to take up their free flu vaccination

User AvatarPosted by Amanda Crawford at 31/10/2018 10:59:03

Doctors in Thanet are reminding people at risk from flu to take up their free flu vaccinations and stay well this winter.

Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition like lung disease; diabetes; heart, kidney or liver disease, or have suffered a stroke. Flu on top of health conditions like these can easily develop into something very serious and could land you in hospital. People with these and other long-term health conditions are eligible for a free flu jab from their GP practice or pharmacist.

Pregnant women, children aged two and three, as well as school children from reception class through to year five, are also eligible for the free flu vaccine. For eligible children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray.

Dr Jihad Malasi, chair of NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Help us help you stay well this winter. It really is important for patients with long term health conditions such as diabetes to make sure they have the flu vaccine. Having the vaccine is the best way of protecting yourself from contracting the flu virus; and so minimising any risk of more serious complications that might arise from infection caused by the flu virus.

“Pregnant women should also protect themselves and their unborn baby against flu as they have an increased risk of complications from flu. The vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy and is safe for mother and baby.

“If you have children between the ages of two and 10, speak to your GP or school about getting them the nasal spray vaccine. Protecting your child can stop flu spreading to other children and the family, especially babies and grandparents, who may be at higher risk from flu.”

You can get the free flu vaccine from your GP practice, pharmacist or midwife. Most GP practices invite their patients to special flu clinics. Book your vaccination appointment and get the best possible protection.

Visit the NHS flu vaccine website for more information.

Visit nhs.uk/staywell for more details on how to help you and your family to stay well this winter.

Kent and Medway wheelchair service shows signs of improvement

Posted by Daniel Harper at 26/10/2018 11:57:43

Suicide Prevention Training

Posted by Daniel Harper at 25/10/2018 13:24:49

People over 65 in Thanet urged to reduce flu risk with free vaccine

Posted by Amanda Crawford at 24/10/2018 16:52:38

Help test NHS proposals for east Kent

Posted by Amanda Crawford at 17/10/2018 14:21:33

Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week – ‘See it Report it, Stop it’

Posted by Daniel Harper at 05/10/2018 13:18:19

An update on FreeStyle Libre

Posted by Daniel Harper at 05/10/2018 11:58:43

NHS public events to explore potential options for change in east Kent

Posted by Amanda Crawford at 04/10/2018 16:40:15

NHS Talking Therapy service

Posted by Daniel Harper at 04/10/2018 14:46:19

Call to people in Margate: help the NHS to plan exciting new centre

Posted by Amanda Crawford at 02/10/2018 10:50:40

Extra appointments now available in east Kent

Posted by Amanda Crawford at 02/10/2018 10:10:48