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Get the ‘Flu Jab – Stay Safe from Seasonal Influenza

In the middle this year’s pandemic it’s more important than ever this year that vulnerable individuals are vaccinated to protect against seasonal ‘flu.

Older people, young children and people with any long term or chronic health conditions such as diabetes or immune deficiencies are most at risk of serious illness if they catch seasonal ‘flu.

While the ‘flu vaccine will not stop someone contracting COVID-19, it will reduce the likelihood of vulnerable individuals succumbing to the coronavirus.

Lockdown measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 should actually help cut the cases of flu this year.

But all vulnerable individuals should receive a ‘flu vaccine this year anyway.

If you’re eligible to get the ‘flu vaccine you should do so as soon as possible – you will stay safe from the ‘flu and it will ease the strain on the NHS as it deals with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Extra influenza cases needing hospitalisation adds burden to an already pressured NHS.

‘Find out more about why it’s important to get the flu vaccination this year, in this helpful BBC report from their health correspondent, Laura Foster.

Social distancing works for coronavirus and for ‘flu

Influenza and COVID-19 share some similar symptoms. They are also both spread via respiratory droplets – from coughing, sneezing and touching.

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of vaccines which protect the public against many diseases. The COVID-19 social distancing measures highlight the lengths we are going to so we can reduce risk to lives, when there’s no vaccine or natural immunity.

Protect the NHS, follow social distancing, wash hands frequently - but also get your ‘flu vaccine.

Contact your GP practice for details of how and where you can get your ‘flu jab.