People in these “at-risk” groups are entitled to a free flu vaccination from their GP practice. Some practices are offering walk-in clinics for eligible registered patients.
Dr Mark Shenton, a GP in Stowmarket and chairman of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Australia is currently in the grip of its worst flu outbreak on record. The global circulation of the virus means that the seriousness of this outbreak could be reflected in the UK over the winter months. In a country with around one-third of the population of the UK, Australia has already experienced more than 50 flu-related deaths and 1500 flu-related hospital admissions.
“It is more important than ever for vulnerable people to contact their GP practice and arrange to have a flu vaccination. By doing so you could avoid the deterioration of a long-term health condition, an unnecessary stay in hospital or even death. You’ll also be helping the already stretched NHS cope during the busy winter months.”
Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning group, said: “Flu is a highly infectious viral illness which is spread by coughing and sneezing. Getting protected is quick and simple and the vaccination will help protect you against this potentially serious condition. GP practices will be offering flu vaccinations to their patients over the coming weeks. Don’t risk your health by declining this offer of protection.”
You are eligible for a free flu vaccination from your GP practice if you:
You can see list of dates and times for flu clinics in the Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG area HERE
Read more about flu HERE