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Free flu jabs still available
There’s still time for eligible East Riding residents to take up the free flu vaccination throughout the month of January. Mike McDermott, associate director of Public Health at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The more people who are vaccinated, the lower the likelihood and spread of infection, reducing pressure on the NHS and Social Care during winter months.”
Free flu jabs are available for people aged 65 and over, people aged from six months to less than 65 years of age with a long-term health condition, pregnant women, children aged from two to four years, people in long-stay residential care homes, and carers. All children aged two to eight years are to be offered flu vaccinations as a nasal spray.
Children in Reception and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be offered the flu vaccination within a school-based programme. This will help with uptake and will make it easier for parents as the need for fitting in GP appointments around work and school is removed.
Details of flu clinic times are available from individual GP practices. For more information about who should have a flu jab, visit www.nhs.uk or visit the direct page at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx