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Flu season begins – older people and carers urged to get crucial vaccination

Older people and carers, who are more at-risk of catching flu and suffering complications, are urged to get their vaccination early to prevent illness.

Imran Zaman, GP and clinical lead for vaccine preventable illness SWBCCG said: “About this time each year, the flu virus begins to circulate widely in the community so it’s important that vulnerable people are protected as soon as possible.

“Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people, but it can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups. Every winter the NHS strongly encourages carers and people aged 65 and over to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination at their GP practice so that they are protected against the changing strains of the virus that circulate each year.”

Both formal and informal carers do a fantastic job of looking after others within the community and it is important that they are protected against flu so that they can continue in their caring role.

Carers and people aged 65 and over are entitled to a free flu vaccination every year and should visit their GP practice to get it from September, which is considered the start of the ‘flu season’.

Walk-in Centres open longer over festive period

To help our patients over the Christmas and New Year, the two local Walk in Centres will be open longer hours.   Normally, the Walk-in Centres are open 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and will be open from the 27 December 2016 through to the 4 January 2017, between the hours of  8:00 am to 10:00 pm, seven days a week.

The two centres are located:

  • Sandwell Walk-in Centre, Parsonage Street, West Bromwich, B71 4DL
  • Summerfield Urgent Care Centre, 34 Heath St, Birmingham B18 7AL
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