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Protect yourself and others this winter

Posted on Thursday 6th October 2022
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Residents are being urged to get their winter vaccines to protect both themselves and others this winter.

Already, more than 100,000 residents in Staffordshire have come forward for their autumn Covid booster. The booster is currently available to people aged 65 and over as well as those who are at highest risk from serious illness such as pregnant women, people with long-term health conditions and frontline health and social care workers.

Appointments can be booked on the National Booking System or by calling 111.

Staffordshire is also gearing up to begin its annual programme of flu vaccinations, which will be offered to more vulnerable groups first. Residents are encouraged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccine when contacted by their GP practice.

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, Paul Northcott, said:

“As we head into winter, the best way to protect yourself against Covid and flu is to be up to date on your vaccinations. Please do your bit to protect yourself and others by getting your Covid autumn booster and flu vaccine if eligible.

The autumn booster is a chance to top up your immunity against Covid ahead of winter when viruses circulate most, and I would urge anyone who is eligible to book their appointment as soon as they can.

For most people flu is unpleasant, but for some it can be very dangerous and even life-threatening, particularly those with certain health conditions. The flu vaccine is the best protection against getting seriously ill from flu and spreading it to other people, so please take up the offer when invited by the NHS.”

People can find details of walk-in clinics at: www.nhs.uk/grab-a-jab.

More information on the autumn booster can be found at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine.

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