A better Medway
Published: Thursday, 7th November 2019

Medway Council is encouraging residents to become flu fighters this winter.

It’s important to look after yourself especially during the winter as the colder months bring a greater risk of flu.

Medway Council, Medway CCG, Medway NHS Foundation Trust and Medway Community Healthcare are working together to encourage residents who are eligible for a free flu jab from the NHS to have their #JabDone.

Flu vaccinations are the best protection against the flu virus which can spread very quickly, especially amongst children and families. Symptoms of flu can be unpleasant, severe and in some extreme cases, life threatening.

A wide range of people are eligible for a free flu vaccination, including:

  • People aged 65 and over
  • Pregnant women
  • People with long-term health conditions including diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, a lowered immune system and chest or heart problems
  • Children aged two to 11 (children in reception year and above will be offered the vaccination via a nasal spray at school)
  • Carers
  • People living in long-term residential care
  • Selected frontline health or care workers
  • Frontline health and care staff employed by a voluntary-managed hospice provider 

If you are eligible for a free vaccination contact your pharmacist or GP to book an appointment.

Protect yourself and your family this winter

Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Services, covering Public Health, said: “I would encourage all residents who are eligible for a free flu jab to book theirs as soon as possible. Getting the vaccination early is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family this winter, I have already had mine and I would encourage residents to book theirs now. I am pleased that all schools across Medway will have access to free flu vaccinations as not only is catching the virus extremely unpleasant for them, but it can also spread to the whole family very quickly.”

Medway Council is also encouraging residents to check in with older neighbours, relatives and friends over winter.

Earlier this year the council launched the A Better Medway Together campaign to combat loneliness and social isolation in Medway which encouraged residents to make a pledge about how they would do their bit to help combat social isolation.

As the weather gets colder the council are encouraging residents to check in with older family members and neighbours and make sure they are warm and have the supplies and medications they need.

For more information about Staying Well This Winter visit www.medway.gov.uk/flu or follow @ABetterMedway on Facebook and Twitter for tips and advice.

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