There's still time to get your flu jab from your local GP or from pharmacies across the city.
Having the free flu jab could stop vulnerable people ending up in hospital, or even dying, this winter, the local NHS has warned.
Last year’s flu season saw 72 people ending up in hospital in Brighton and Hove due to flu, and there were also a small number of deaths across Sussex as a result of the viral infection. The influx of people needing medical care due to flu caused extra strain on hospitals last year and cost the NHS almost £215,000
Allison Cannon, Chief Nurse Officer for East Surrey and Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:
Those who could get seriously ill if they get flu and risk avoidable hospital admission can claim a free flu jab, including:
- All children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2019, this covers nurseries, Reception through school years 1-6.
- Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
- Pregnant women
- Those aged 65 years and over
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals