ALL those over the age of 50 will be able to get a free NHS flu vaccine from this week in Solihull.
Those aged 50-64 can visit their GP or pharmacy to get their vaccine, following the extension of the flu vaccination programme to include this significant age group.
Flu can be a serious illness and is very different to the common cold. It is life threatening for people who are in an at-risk group and each year up to 17,000 people die as a result of contracting flu.
With uncertainty around how Covid will affect us over the coming months, getting the flu jab could help save a life – Public Health England found that people who became infected with Covid and the flu at the same time were twice as likely to die.
John Davenport, GP for Solihull, said: “All people in the at risks categories under 64 can still get their free flu jabs.”
More information and advice about the flu vaccine is available on the NHS website.
For anyone not sure about whether they or someone they care for qualifies, eligible patients will be invited to attend an appointment by their local GP practice.