The Bedford Independent reported this week that uptake of the flu jab has been low across Bedford Borough – and this has been a problem up and down the country this year.
GP practices have seen delayed deliveries and there have been some issues with reminders, which in some cases were sent out to parents of young children before the appropriate vaccination was available.
The Health and Wellbeing Board are aware of these issues and the Chair of the Board will be writing to NHS England to raise all of the concerns that were discussed at its recent meeting.
I would like to remind everyone there is still time to protect yourself and your family against flu, and the vaccine is the safest way to do so.
Adults over 65, adults and children with underlying health conditions, carers, pregnant women and children aged 2 and 3 on 1 September 2019 are all eligible to receive a free vaccination through their GP practice or, for adults, local pharmacies.
Primary school children have been offered the vaccine through their school and some schools will be offering catch-up sessions in January. The children’s vaccine is a painless nasal spray.
Flu is an unpredictable illness and can be really serious, so if you haven’t had your vaccine yet, I would urge you to contact your GP or visit your pharmacist and arrange an appointment.
Cllr Louise Jackson
Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing
Bedford Borough Council