New report shows thousands at risk of flu this Christmas in Sandwell and West Birmingham

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Over 115,000 people in Sandwell and West Birmingham remain at risk of flu this Christmas because they haven’t had their flu vaccination, new figures have revealed.

Statistics show up to 31 October 2019, nearly over 115,000 people within the at risk groups in Sandwell and West Birmingham have not taken up the offer of the free flu vaccination.  The vaccination is designed to help prevent flu this winter and stop the complications that can come for those at risk.  Complications that can prove deadly for some.

The latest figures show the number of people within the at risk groups that have not had the free flu vaccination to try and keep them well this winter:

At risk group

Number of people in at risk groups

not vaccinated

Percentage of people in at risk groups

who have been vaccinated

Over 65 years

37,890

45.8%

Under 65, clinically at risk

59,418

16.6%

Pregnant women

4,528

16.7%

2 year olds

6,810

4.5%

3 year olds

6,959

4.6%

 

Health leaders in Sandwell and West Birmingham want to remind those who are at risk of complications of flu and are entitled to the free flu vaccination make an appointment with their doctor now to help us to help you this winter. Don’t leave until it is too late.

Dr Ian Sykes, Chair at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group said: “There is still time to get your flu vaccination before Christmas. Make sure you are not struck down in bed with flu over the festive period and book your flu jab today.

“Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly.  It can cause serious complications for at risk groups, such as the elderly, expectant mothers and people with long term health conditions.

“We know that germs can be very easily picked up and spread amongst friends and family members.  The flu vaccination helps protect local people in particular those identified in the at risk categories.

“My advice for anyone eligible for the free flu vaccination is to get it now before it is too late.  It is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus, that's why it's free for people who need it.”

Contact your local GP or your local pharmacy for more information and to book your flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it.

For more information about flu and the flu vaccination please visit the NHS website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/