Health leaders warn of a “twindemic” of the two illnesses this winter
Local residents over the age of 50 and at-risk groups are being urged to get flu vaccines and their autumn COVID-19 boosters.
There are now over 80 places across mid and south Essex that residents can visit to get vaccinated including lots of local pharmacies, dedicated vaccination sites and local GP practices.
Find out more by visiting our Do Your Bit Essex winter health hub or call 119.
This winter, both COVID-19 and flu may circulate at high levels, potentially at the same time.
There is evidence to show that if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time you are at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell. As this is the first winter since COVID-19 emerged without restrictions in place, the best protection from getting unwell from either is to get vaccinated.
More than 175,000 people living in mid and south Essex have already had their autumn booster in just over a month.
All eligible people are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible to boost their protection against these viruses.
“All those over 50 can now book their COVID-19 boosters online, many of which will have low natural immunity due to COVID-19 restrictions over the last two years.
The double threat of widely circulating flu and COVID-19 this year is a real concern, so it’s crucial that you take up the free flu vaccine as soon as possible if you are offered it. It will help protect you from severe flu this winter and could even save your life.
Even if you experience very mild symptoms, flu or COVID-19 can still make you feel really poorly and will most likely mean you’ll miss work. Catching COVID-19 or flu could also mean you miss out on gathering with friends and family, for instance at Christmas get-together.
Help us and do your bit to stop the spread of Covid and flu infections this winter. Please stay at home if you’re unwell to look after yourself and protect others, including your friends and families.
Vaccinations are our strongest weapon against these viruses. NHS staff are once again doing all they can to protect the public.
If you are eligible for free vaccinations this winter, please do not hesitate to book yourself an appointment, it is the best way to protect yourself from serious illness this winter. Please call 119 if you need help.Krishna Ramkhelawon, Director of Public Health for Southend
For a full list of pharmacies offering a free NHS flu vaccination, including those not part of the NHS pilot, please visit the nhs.uk website.
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