BOSSES at Solihull NHS Care Trust are urging ‘at risk’ residents who have not had a flu jab to contact their GP about vaccination.
Despite many borough surgeries claiming they had run out of the vaccine as reported in last week’s Solihull News, the trust say doctors’ surgeries still have stocks and are working to ensure those that are eligible for the free jab will get it.
Chris Godfrey, consultant in public health with the trust, urged anyone who has not yet had their flu jab and falls within one of the eligible groups to get it done.
He said: “Our GPs and practice nurses in Solihull have done a great job in vaccinating nearly 40,000 eligible people but we know that there are still people who are advised to get the jab – they should do so now by contacting their GP practice. There is vaccine available.
He added: “The eligible groups are decided by the Department of Health and currently does not include healthy children of any age and healthy adults. GPs are adhering to the guidance from the Department of Health – if this guidance changes then the trust will advise GPs accordingly.”
If you are not eligible for the vaccine but want to protect yourself and your family against catching flu visit www.solihull.nhs.uk/flu.
Those eligible for vaccination are everyone over 65 years, pregnant women and anyone with one of more of the following conditions –
Liver or kidney disease, heart or chest condition, diabetes, multiple sclerosis or a nervous system condition, lowered immunity because of disease or treatment, stroke or TIA (transient ischaemic attack), a problem with or removal of the spleen.