Primary Care ready to roll out next flu vaccines

PEOPLE aged between 50 and 64 can now get their flu vaccines, and the States will fund the cost of it.

Flu jab (28946324)
Flu jab (28946324)

It will also contribute £7 (approximately half of the standard fee) towards the cost of clinical administration.

Health & Social Care is now in a position, following receipt of the last batch of vaccines, for primary care flu vaccination clinics to offer the vaccine to the 50-64 age group.

Those islanders will be contacted by their doctor's surgery in order to make an appointment.

HSC and primary care colleagues had been working together to roll out the flu vaccine for 2020 to the following priority cohorts: healthcare workers; children aged two up to, and including, Year 7; those aged six months to under-65 years in clinical risk groups; pregnant women; 65-year-olds and over; those in long-stay residential care homes; carers; close contacts of immunocompromised individuals; health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care or nursing home, home care provider or a voluntary managed hospice provider.

Health protection nurse from Public Health Jo Rocha said this year was more important than ever to ensure that islanders take up the offer of the vaccination against seasonal flu.

'We have had an excellent uptake so far this year from those aged over 65 and those who identified as 'at risk' from seasonal flu.'

She encouraged people to have the flu vaccine this year to ensure the community receives the protection the vaccination brings.

'Having the vaccine protects both individuals and the wider community by limiting the spread of the flu virus.'

She also reminded the community that practicing good hand hygiene by catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing it away and washing your hands afterwards can help limit the spread of flu.

'Remember: catch it, bin it, kill it.'

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