I recently visited Thomas Pharmacy at 19 Ripple Road, Barking IG11 7NN to encourage local residents to get their flu jab.
The seasonal flu vaccination is important to help protect our most vulnerable residents and workers who are most at risk of serious complications or even death from flu. I would encourage everyone over 65 and those who are ‘at risk’ to visit their pharmacy or surgery and get vaccinated
The flu jab is free, on the NHS to over 40,000 people across Barking & Dagenham. If you are over 65 or have a serious illness or a carer of an older or disabled person, if you live in a long-stay residential or nursing home, if you are a health care worker or if you are pregnant, then you are likely to entitled to a free NHS flu jab.
Last year over 15,000 people in Barking & Dagenham who were entitled to a free NHS flu vaccine were not vaccinated. Your local pharmacy is here to help spread the important message of getting vaccinated and provide the service locally.