MP urges older people to get new free flu jab

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AN MP is urging older people to take up their free NHS flu vaccination before winter sets in.

Fareham MP Suella Braverman has joined England’s Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Medical Officer in encouraging people aged 65 and over to get the newly-licensed ‘aTIV’ (adjuvanted trivalent) vaccine, which is designed to boost the body’s immune response, improving the effectiveness of the vaccine in the older age group.

Health chiefs believe that the new vaccine could reduce GP consultations due to flu by 30,000, hospitalisations by over 2,000 and prevent over 700 hospital deaths in England.

Mrs Braverman said: ‘GPs and pharmacies in Fareham should now have more than enough stock to ensure that everyone eligible can be vaccinated before the start of the flu season, so if you haven’t had chance yet or stocks had run low when you tried earlier in the Autumn, now is the time to go get protected.

Professor Jane Cummings, the Chief Nursing Officer for England added: ‘This is the biggest flu vaccination programme we have ever undertaken offering more people than ever the greatest opportunity to help protect themselves.’