Julian visits Dunnington pharmacy to mark launch of national flu vaccination service
September 24, 2018
Last Friday, Julian visited Day Lewis Pharmacy in Dunnginton to see at first-hand how the national flu vaccination service is operating.
Community pharmacy teams across the country are now offering NHS flu jabs in the lead-up to winter. The free service is available to everyone in designated ‘higher risk’ groups, such as older people and those with certain medical conditions. North Yorkshire pharmacies report they are so far getting an enthusiastic response from the public.
This national vaccination scheme is designed to make it easier than ever to get a flu jab, increasing the number of people protected from ill health during the cold weather.
After the visit, Julian said:
“Flu jabs are incredibly important in helping us all get through the winter months in good shape, particularly for those who are eligible for a free jab. I am glad to see the Community Pharmacy flu vaccination service and our local surgeries in York working together to make it easier for more people to have the jab at a time that is convenient for them.
It is important to watch out for the health of our families all year round, not just as winter approaches, and to utilise the services that are available to us. Easy access to quality local healthcare is essential, and I will continue to pay close attention to this on behalf of my constituents”.
About the pharmacy flu vaccination service:
All adults aged 65 years and over, and those aged 18 years or over and in clinical risk groups, can receive a free of charge NHS flu jab at community pharmacies across the country, often without the need for an appointment.
People in at-risk groups include pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions including asthma and diabetes. Pharmacists will be using the same vaccination as those offered by GPs and they notify the person’s GP practice when they have vaccinated them.