Call for Flu Vaccination
Please note the importance of the flu vaccination in light of the growing numbers of those affected. Encourage your colleagues, staff, visitors and all others to take a flu vaccination as soon as possible.
As you may be aware, the hospitalisation rate for flu patients has been increasing, with last week seeing over 5000 people in hospital with flu every day. In light of this, we’re asking stakeholders to consider further amplifying communications emphasising the importance of flu vaccination to the public, patients and staff during this crucial period.
To help with this, below you will find our latest social media content, including a video from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Thomas Waite launched today.
- DCMO Twitter Video
- Flu vaccination for people over 50
- Ministerial Tweet on Flu Hospitalisations
- Campaign Resource Centre which contains social media statics, posters, flyers, and animations for both Covid and Flu vaccinations
And for ease, please find attached flu social media statics specifically targeted at:
- Pregnant women
- People over 50
- People with long-term health conditions
- Children aged 2-3
The vaccine can help avoid serious illness and ease pressure off the NHS, and with your help we have been able to get 20 million people vaccinated against the flu, which is a huge milestone.
We appreciate your continued support in spreading the message and, in particular, encouraging *eligible groups (see below) to get their free flu jabs.*Currently eligible cohorts for a free flu vaccine are:
- all children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022
- all primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 6) and some secondary school aged children
- those aged 6 months of age upwards in a clinical risk group
- pregnant women
- those aged 50 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- carers in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person who may be at risk if the carer gets sick, those that live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone living with HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid