Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, is urging all those people in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich who are eligible for the flu jab to get one this winter, as the Government launches its drive to vaccinate 30 million people.
The drive for vaccines comes as new research from Public Health England suggests that people who tested positive for both flu and Covid-19 were more than twice as likely to die, compared to those with Covid-19 alone. The research also found that those with co-infection of the two viruses were more at risk of severe illness.
This year, the flu vaccination programme is being expanded to help protect people from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services. The health system is working to provide the free flu vaccine to 30 million people, the highest number on record, including:
- All primary school children and, for the first time, Year 7 children.
- 2 and 3 year olds.
- The most vulnerable people, including adults aged 65 years and over, those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.
- Household contact of people on the NHS Shielded Patients List, and all health and social care workers who have direct contact with the people they care for.
Once uptake has been maximised in the most at-risk groups, the newly eligible 50-64 year olds will be invited for vaccination later in the season.
Dr Poulter said “As we approach the difficult winter months, it is imperative that everyone who needs a flu vaccination takes up the offer to have one. I therefore urge everyone in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich who is eligible to receive the vaccine to do so as this could make an important difference should they also catch coronavirus in the months ahead. We all have a part to play in controlling the spread of coronavirus and protecting the NHS – we must all wash our hands, cover our faces and make space, as well as taking sensible steps like getting a flu jab."