Vulnerable groups urged to get free vaccination
Published on: 23 Dec 2017
MORE people in South Gloucestershire have been included in the category of vulnerable individuals who can get a free flu jab.
The NHS has added health and care workers to the list of those eligible for the annual vaccination.
It is now encouraging staff who are employed by a registered residential care or nursing home, as well as registered domiciliary care providers, and who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable people to take up the offer.
Schools can also fund privately-provided vaccinations for their staff.
Meanwhile, South Gloucestershire Council is for a second time funding the vaccine for many of its employees through an expenses claim scheme.
The council said by not having the jab, people working in social care, healthcare and education potentially put themselves and those they came in contact with at risk of serious illness.
Others eligible for free vaccinations include the over-65s, those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.
There are two types of vaccination for children - injection and nasal spray - which are administered to youngsters of specific ages either in GP surgeries or at school.
Anyone considered at risk if they develop the illness should have received a letter inviting them to be vaccinated - a procedure available at doctors’ surgeries and some pharmacies.
Anyone who should be protected but has not been approached should contact their GP.
The NHS said the protection offered by vaccination not only protected those receiving it but also any vulnerable people with whom they came in contact.
Flu complications include bronchitis and pneumonia, which could result in hospitalisation, and the worsening of existing medical conditions.