Public Health England urges flu uptake in Norfolk to avoid 'double threat'

Health experts encourage people to get the flu vaccine to avoid 'twindemic'

Flu usually kills around 11,000 people each year in England and many more are hospitalised.

Adults at high risk from flu are also most at risk from COVID-19.

"The vaccine is good, it's safe, and it does protect people".

The government was to provide free flu shots to around 19 million people, or 37 percent of the country's population.

Adding to woes, however, the KDCA on Tuesday announced that it would temporarily halt its free flu shot program, as some vaccine bottles were mishandled.

Primary school children and Year 7 pupils will be offered the flu nasal spray in schools and two and three-year-olds will be offered the vaccine through their GP.

The vaccine will also be made available to household contacts of people on the NHS Shielded Patient List.

PHE said following vaccination in the most at risk groups, those aged 50 to 64 with long term health conditions will be encouraged to be vaccinated earlier.

The highest record of flu jabs will be available this winter to try and prevent the double threat of catching flu and coronavirus.

To help increase uptake in the social care sector, for the first time, pharmacists will be able to vaccinate residents and care home staff at the same time.

The health body said most cases of co-infection were in older people and more than half of them died. A record number of NHS staff - three-quarters of a million (74.3%) of frontline healthcare workers - took up their workplace vaccination a year ago. It's not. The flu is an extremely unpleasant condition.

The flu vaccine is more important than ever, to help reduce transmission of flu and protect the nation from the double threat of flu and COVID-19.

In previous years, the rates of people getting their flu jab have been low among some groups.

Health experts on Wednesday warned of a potential so-called twindemic during winter, and the mishandling of flu vaccines here may exacerbate the coronavirus situation.

The NHS is preparing for a hard winter ahead as the coronavirus pandemic coincides with flu season.

Still, health experts advised people, especially young children, to get vaccinated as early as possible. It could save your life, or someone you love.

"If you thought about getting a flu shot in the past, but just never got around to it, this is the year to do it", she said.

The season of sniffles is upon us, and that sniffle is more noticeable than ever. And those who are going to get a bad dose of flu may well end up in hospital at a time when they may be exposed to other problems like Covid.

The unprecedented vaccine drive will be supported by a scaled-up marketing campaign across TV, radio and digital advertising.



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