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Trust urges patients and staff to be winter ready

Flu season is upon us, and with the NHS across the country still dealing with the very serious effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff here at STHK are urging members of the public and their colleagues to get ready for winter.

The cold months see the return of many winter viruses, including Flu, and it is expected that coronavirus will be an ongoing threat for some time yet particularly during the winter. That is why the government has launched the biggest flu programme in the NHS’s history, with more than 35 million people in England eligible for a free vaccine.

It’s especially important for those at increased risk to get protected as soon as possible; those with underlying health conditions, the over 50s and health and social care staff. Covid booster jabs are also being rolled out, with around 1.7 million people given these third jabs so far and around 28 million people in England eligible.

To book your flu jab, contact your GP surgery who can help arrange your appointment. If you are eligible for a COVID booster, then the NHS will be in contact when it is your turn for an appointment, and you can book this by either calling 119 or using the online booking system.

The Covid booster must be given no earlier than six months after a second dose of any coronavirus vaccine, according to guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

So don’t delay, be winter ready and get protected as soon as you can. You’ll not only be protecting yourself but your loved ones and those around you too.

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