Ease pressure on Derbyshire GPs and get your flu jab at a pharmacy

As GPs are becoming under pressure due to the corornavirus pandemic and with winter approaching pharmacies are reminding people where they can get their flu jab.

Thursday, 24th September 2020, 1:07 pm

Those eligible for a flu vaccination are able to visit their local pharmacy to help minimise any further impact on health and social care services and to protect those at risk of infection.

This year, up to 30 million people can be vaccinated in England, the government says.

Vaccines are delivered in batches to pharmacies and GPs so priority is given to the most at-risk groups.

People are being reminded they can get a flu vaccination at a pharmacy. LEWIS WHYLD/AFP via Getty Images

Within the next few weeks it is likely that winter flu will start to circulate alongside the coronavirus.

This will potentially present an additional challenge to an already stretched healthcare system.

A spokesman from Bakewell Pharmacy said: “The Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in unprecedented demand on the NHS and local GP Surgeries in the Bakewell community.

"Recent Public Health England (PHE) guidance advises that it is more important than ever to receive your flu vaccination, in order to help minimise any further impact on health and social care services and to protect those at risk of infection.

"Booking your appointment with us here at Bakewell Pharmacy is fast and straightforward and we can even let you know if you're eligible for the free NHS flu vaccination.”

This year, the free vaccination is being offered in England to adults aged 65 and over, people with some medical conditions, including diabetes, heart failure and asthma, people who were required to shield from coronavirus, and anyone they live with, pregnant women, children aged from two to 11-yers-old and health and social care workers.

It is unclear how bad flu might be this winter as some years are worse than others but experts say the vaccine is a good match for the strain of flu that will be circulating.

Flu, like coronavirus, is a viral infection that is passed on through coughs and sneezes and social distancing, masks and handwashing should help reduce the spread of both.

Most people with flu recover at home in a week, but people with chronic conditions or who are over 65 should call NHS 111.

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