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NHS launches campaign to protect the most vulnerable this winter

Tuesday 10th October, 2017

Today people are being urged to make sure they are protected against flu, as the NHS launches its national Stay Well This Winter campaign.

The CCG has been talking about the flu campaign for the last fortnight, but this national campaign will involve TV and radio advertising, newspaper articles and poster advertising.

People who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free flu vaccination, ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common.

It comes as the Chief Medical Officer has warned that flu, and complications associated with it, cause 8000 deaths on average a year in England.

The flu vaccination is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu. These include children aged 2-8, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with long term health conditions.

People with respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular problems like chronic heart disease or angina, or have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely compared to those who don’t.

The risk is far worse for those with chronic liver disease, who are 48 times more likely to die if they get flu.

Another way of protecting vulnerable adults is to vaccinate children, who are ‘superspreaders’ of the virus.

Last year’s flu vaccination programme reduced the risk of flu in children who received the vaccine by 65%.

For healthy children aged 2-8 in the flu vaccine is given in the form of a nasal spray, rather than an injection.

For the first time, year 4 children will be offered the vaccine in a school setting, along with children in reception and years 1, 2 and 3. Children aged 2-3 are offered the flu vaccine in their GP surgeries.

To get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible, contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife for more information.

With more people eligible than ever before and the vaccine available in more locations, people should protect themselves and those around them against this potentially deadly virus.

Taking a few minutes to get the jab could save your life this winter.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign launches today and will help people to prepare for winter with simple tips and advice. See more: nhs.uk/staywell

How to contact the communications team

You can reach our communication team by:

  • Calling – 01903 707447
  • Emailing – contactus.coastal@nhs.net
  • Writing to – Communications Team, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, 1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT