MPs and Peers were invited on Wednesday 26 October to attend a flu vaccine clinic, to encourage their constituents to get this season’s flu vaccine in line with Government recommendations.
Last year, 69% of people over 65 years and 48.1% in the at risk groups were vaccinated against flu in Bexley, compared with the national averages of 72.8% for the over 65s and 50.4% for those ‘at risk’.
David Evennett, MP Bexleyheath and Crayford, said “The seasonal flu vaccination is important to help protect those people who are more susceptible to serious complications or even death from flu. I would encourage all those that are over the age of 65 or are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups to visit their surgeries and get vaccinated”.
The Department of Health provides free seasonal flu vaccinations for at risk groups, which include those aged 65 or over; people with chronic respiratory disease (including asthma), heart, renal, liver or neurological disease; diabetes; low immune systems; as well as people living in long-stay facilities such as nursing and residential homes, and carers of elderly or disabled people .
The initiative is sponsored by the UK Vaccine Industry Group (UVIG) and is supported by the Department of Health as a useful way to highlight the importance of flu vaccination.