MORE than 25,000 Bury residents missed out on their free flu vaccine jab last year, regardless of being on the highest danger of contracting flu.
New figures from NHS England and Public Health England present that over 62 per cent of elderly individuals, young youngsters, and pregnant women didn’t get their vaccination.
According to the statistics, virtually 9,000 of Bury’s over-65s in at-risk teams didn’t get their flu jab last year, together with greater than 11,000 different elderly individuals.
A complete of 1,029 pregnant women, and 87 pregnant women with long-term health circumstances, additionally didn’t get the vaccination.
More than four,000 youngsters aged between 2 and four didn’t get the flu vaccine, together with 120 youngsters who have been classed as at-risk.
James Frith, MP for Bury North, stated: “These figures present that far too many individuals who are at greater danger of getting the flu usually are not taking benefit of their free flu jab.
This year, extra individuals than ever — round 21 million — might be provided the vaccination. Children in faculty year 4 might be provided the vaccine for the primary time and youngsters over age 4 in reception year can get their vaccine in faculty.
A £10 million programme will even see a free vaccination provided to all care house staff by way of their GP or pharmacist.
These programmes mark the beginning of the Public Health England and NHS England’s joint Stay Well This Winter marketing campaign, which helps probably the most weak individuals put together for winter and keep away from having to go to hospital as a result of widespread winter sicknesses.
NHS England’s National Medical Director for Acute Care, Professor Keith Willett, stated: “Hospitals and GPs are getting ready intensively for this winter, and we might remind individuals of the significance of having a flu vaccination.
“There are 21 million people eligible this year, but last year eight million people missed out and that is something we can all definitely change.”
The Chief Medical Officer warned last week that flu and problems related to it trigger eight,000 deaths on common a year in England.
More info on eligibility for the flu jab, and different recommendations on staying properly this winter, could be discovered at nhs.uk/staywell.
n Meanwhile, a group of health professionals is main by instance as they encourage weak residents to guard towards flu.
Healthcare employees from Bury have been hailed as FLUperheroes for having their vaccines forward of winter. Hundreds of champions from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust have adopted go well with in order to guard these most in danger.
More than 1,578 group and psychological health employees have had their vaccine to assist shield these they arrive into contact with on a every day foundation.
For young youngsters, older individuals and these with a long-term situation or weakened immune system, infections and problems brought on by flu might be deadly.
Free flu vaccinations can be found for ‘at risk’ residents, together with over 65s and pregnant women, from their GP. Evidence exhibits as much as one quarter of healthcare professionals may additionally turn out to be contaminated, so it’s hoped the vaccine will shield sufferers towards virus.
For details about the flu vaccine and for extra health ideas go to www.nhs.uk/staywell.