Boost your immunity this winter
With two viruses in circulation this year, it is more important than ever for those who are eligible to have the COVID-19 booster and the flu vaccines this winter
This will help reduce the number of people becoming unwell, as both the COVID-19 and flu viruses can develop into a serious illness which may mean you need to go to hospital. In fact, research shows that if you get both flu and COVID-19 at the same time you are more likely to get seriously ill. Both vaccines help to protect people from the worst outcomes, whilst reducing the spread of the viruses and helping to protect your family, friends and the wider community.
Watch Dr Amir Khan, Dr Dawn Harper and Dr Karan Ranj explain why it is more important than ever for people to get their flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster as soon as possible this autumn as both viruses have the potential to cause serious illness and hospitalisation.
Those eligible for the free flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster jab are being urged to book their appointments as soon as possible in a new campaign aiming to help people give themselves and their loved ones essential protection this winter. This comes as new research suggests that adults in England are severely underestimating the combined threat of COVID-19 and flu this winter.
The COVID-19 booster is an additional vaccine dose for those who have previously received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. In particular, it is for people who are the most likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19 to give them the best possible protection.
The COVID-19 booster programme is now running in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Booster vaccines can only be offered to people who have at least a six month gap (more than 182 days) from their second vaccination.
The following patients will be offered a booster, with the most vulnerable being offered the COVID-19 booster first.
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
To find out how to get your booster locally visit: COVID-19 Booster Programme (stwics.org.uk)
Many patients who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster will also be eligible for a FREE flu jab!
The flu vaccination programme is also up and running in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and helps protect from serious complications from getting flu. We would encourage people that are eligible for a COVID-19 booster to also get their flu vaccination. It is safe for both the COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine to be given at the same time. However, although the Covid-19 booster and flu can be administered at the same time, eligible people across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being urged to book their flu jabs and not wait until they are invited for their Covid-19 booster vaccination, or vice versa, to ensure they are protected as soon as possible.
If you have any further questions about the COVID-19 booster vaccine, please visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Winter flu vaccine
The aim of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin flu programme is to offer protection against the effects of flu to as many eligible people as possible, particularly those most at risk. Patients who are in one of the groups below are being offered the flu vaccine for FREE and are encouraged to get protected as soon as possible, before the flu virus circulates.
People can get the FREE full vaccine if they;
- all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older)
- those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
- pregnant women
- those aged 50 years and over (including if you are 50 by 31 March 2022)
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- frontline health and social care staff
You can get the flu jab from:
- your GP surgery
- a pharmacy offering the service
- your midwifery service if you’re pregnant
- a hospital appointment
For more information on the flu vaccine visit nhs.uk/flujab
Specific information for those in the following groups can be found here:
- Pregnant women The flu jab in pregnancy - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- Children Child flu vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)