Last winter, there were almost 3500 admissions into intensive care as a result of flu. This is bad for them and also puts pressure on the NHS during winter, which has a knock on impact on A&E and ambulances.
So it is really important that you have your flu jab if you fall under any of the following groups:
• aged 65 and over
• pregnant women
• people with serious long-term health conditions
• those who live in long-stay residential care homes or other long-term care facilities
• children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
• children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2018
• and children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
We also have a big campaign for NHS staff to have the vaccine as they can pass on the flu virus to vulnerable patients even when they don’t realise they themselves have it. Last year, almost 69% of healthcare staff had the flu vaccine and we are hoping to go much higher this year.