Protect yourself and your loved ones from flu this winter
Last year only half of all eligible residents got their flu jab in Newham. If you're at increased risk from coronavirus, you are also more at risk of problems from flu. Research shows that if you get both viruses at the same time, you are more likely to be seriously ill.
Dr Muhammad Naqvi, a local GP and chair of Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“The flu is not the same as getting a cold. It can seriously affect your health and the risks of developing complications are greater for people within the ‘at-risk’ groups. The risks are also higher if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time.”
It is safe to have the flu vaccine, even if you have previously had flu or Covid-19.
You can get a free flu jab from your GP or pharmacy. Check if you’re eligible at www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine
You can find a local pharmacy offering flu jabs at www.londonflu.co.uk
If you think you have flu, stay at home to prevent it spreading and rest until you feel better. Call your GP or NHS 111 if you have a health condition or feel really unwell.
Information on the flu jab can be found here www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine