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Flu vaccines to be rolled out for the housebound

Flu vaccines to be rolled out for housebound-members of the public from October 1. 
Housebound patients will be given flu vaccines by District nurses from October 1.(Photo: Pexels)

The news was revealed during the latest Healthwatch Peterborough and Cambridgeshire meeting held via Zoom on Thursday, September 24. 

A member from the District nurses organisation attended the meeting and said: “For the housebound patients who can’t get to the surgery, district nurses will be going out to give them a jab.” 

The GP surgeries have been asked to prepare this list of patients who can't come to the surgery and make their referrals to the district nurses. In case the surgery doesn't contact you, patients have been asked to make contact with their GP and request a jab.  

This year, due to the double threat from coronavirus and flu, vulnerable residents are being encouraged not to miss their flu jab, with 30 million people in England  able to access the free flu vaccine as part of a health drive to prevent the double threat of flu and coronavirus. 

For the first time the flu vaccine will be offered to the over-50s as well, although the members of public who normally get a free NHS jab - including the over-65s, pregnant women, and people with conditions like lung disease or diabetes will be prioritised. 

Parents of primary school aged children in Peterborough are also being encouraged to take advantage of the free flu vaccination this year over fears of a 'double threat' from flu and Covid

Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, said in a press conference on Monday that the country faces a tough winter as the season benefits respiratory viruses. 

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