Greg has urged all those in the constituency who are eligible for the flu jab to get one this winter, as the Government launches its drive to vaccinate 30 million people.
It comes as research from Public Health England suggests that people who test positive for both flu and Covid-19 are more than twice as likely to die, compared to those with Covid-19 alone. The research also found that those with co-infection of the two viruses were more at greater risk of contracting a severe illness.
This year, the flu vaccination programme is being expanded to help protect people from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services. The health system is working to provide the free flu vaccine to 30 million people, the highest number on record. This includes all primary school children, and, for the first time, Year 7 children as well as two and three-year-olds. Adults aged 65 and over are included, as are those with long-term health conditions. Those who are pregnant can get a vaccine, as well as those on the NHS Shielded Patient List and all health and social care workers who come into direct contact with the people they care for.
Once uptake has been maximised for the most at-risk groups, the newly eligible 50-64-year olds will be invited for vaccination later in the season.
Greg said: “As we approach the winter, it is imperative that everyone who needs a flu vaccination takes up the offer to have one. I urge everyone in the constituency who is eligible to get vaccinated, which could make an important difference if they should also catch coronavirus in the months ahead.
“Controlling the spread of coronavirus and protecting the NHS is on all of us – we must all wash our hands, cover our faces and make space – as well as taking sensible steps like getting a flu jab.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock added: “This year more than ever, it’s vital that those eligible for the flu jab get it this winter so you can protect yourself, your family and the NHS. We’re pulling out all the stops to prepare for this uniquely challenging winter and we have enough vaccines for 30 million people this year, more than we’ve ever done before."