Reminder to get the flu vaccine this winter

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RESIDENTS at risk from the flu are being reminded they can attend their local community pharmacy for their free flu jab.

Participating pharmacists are providing the free vaccines to give wider choice to eligible patients who might find it difficult to get to their GP.

Ann Gunning, community pharmacy development lead (LPC), said: “This scheme makes it easier for people who are working or have busy lives and find it hard to find the time to make an appointment with their GP to have the flu vaccine.

“Those people at risk from flu can just walk in and once their eligibility criteria have been checked they can have their vaccine in a matter of minutes and they are protected for the whole of winter.”

Dr Alistair Blair, chief clinical officer (designate) of NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Over the past few years we’ve all seen just how serious flu can be, with people of all ages needing hospital treatment, including some in intensive care.

“We don’t want anyone to get ill from something which can be avoided and that’s why people in the flu risk groups should either book a vaccination appointment with their GP as soon as possible or go along to a participating pharmacy for the flu vaccine.”