There’s still plenty of time to get vaccinated against the flu this winter


Carers and frontline health and social care staff are reminded of the importance of ensuring that they get their flu jab at the earliest possible opportunity this winter.

In light of the risk of flu and COVID-19 co-circulating this winter, the national flu immunisation programme will be absolutely essential to protecting vulnerable people and supporting the resilience of the health and care system.

Cllr Lawrie Stratford, Oxfordshire County Council’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said: “There is still time to get your flu jab if you have not already done so.

“Flu is not the same as getting a cold. It can seriously affect your health and the risks of developing complications are greater for some people. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to a stay in hospital, permanent disability or even death.

“With the added risk of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that those who work in health and social care, or those with caring duties get vaccinated.”

Those eligible for a free NHS vaccination, should contact their local GP or pharmacy. Some Oxfordshire pharmacies offer a bookable and walk-in service, with costs ranging between £13 to £15 for those not eligible for a free vaccination.