NHS launches animation as part of flu campaign this year
Your local NHS has today (23/09) launched a short animation to help raise awareness of those who are eligible for the free flu vaccination, and why it is so important for them to have the vaccine this year.
With COVID-19 in circulation, it is more important than ever that those who are eligible are vaccinated to help protect them from flu and to support the resilience of the health and care system. The free vaccine prevents people getting the flu and is the best protection from the flu virus.
The animation, titled ‘Just’ the flu?, features these key messages and sets-out all the eligible cohorts as they have been extended this year.
The easy-to-follow animation also explains how GP practices are offering alternative methods to how they have historically delivered their flu clinics, with the majority of flu vaccine appointments being pre-bookable this year.
Some GP practices have grouped together to offer a drive-through service, whilst others will continue to see patients at their practice with pre-booked appointments. Pre-booked flu clinics are also set to take place in the community, such as community halls, schools and other key venues, with home visits available for our most vulnerable.
Jo Greengrass, Associate Director of Nursing, Quality & Safety and Chair of the Frimley Collaborative Flu Group said: “This year, more than ever, it is really important that you get the flu jab to help us help you stay well this winter. This is particularly important for those in at risk groups as flu can cause severe complications.
“Flu spreads from person to person, even amongst those not showing any symptoms. Whilst the threat may be invisible, the protection against it is clear.
She added: “We continue to work locally to ensure that plans are in place to protect the vulnerable, prevent ill-health and minimise further impact on the NHS and social care services. As we all know, winter is naturally a very busy time for the NHS.
She added: “I am grateful to our colleagues at East Berkshire Primary Care Out of Hours (EBPCOOH) for working with us to create this animation which I hope will be shared widely to help us raise awareness.”
The animation is set to be shared with GP practices, patients, partner agencies and the wider public, over the coming days and weeks.
Flu occurs every year and is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Having your flu vaccination can help protect you and others.
For most healthy people, influenza (otherwise known as flu) is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting virus. However, children, older people, pregnant women and those with underlying diseases are at a particular risk of severe illness if they catch it.
Some people are more susceptible to the effects of flu. For them, it can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst case, flu can result in a hospital stay or even death.
If you are eligible for the vaccine, you will be contacted by your GP practice over the coming weeks. They will explain how you will be able to get the flu vaccination. You can also visit your practice website for more details.
In addition to GP practices, pharmacies and midwives will also be able to give the flu vaccine this year.
The animation can be viewed by visiting https://youtu.be/dg-fDeDo9bA