Sir Trevor McDonald has joined forces with the NHS in North West Londonto launch a major campaign encouraging those aged 65 and over and others at risk to have their flu vaccinations.
The campaign comes as Britain is warned to brace itself for a “pressurised flu season” this winter, following the worst flu season in years in Australia and New Zealand.
Sir Trevor McDonald visited the Feltham Centre for Health in Hounslow, West London, to have his flu jab and encourage others to have theirs.
“I’ve agreed to be photographed having my flu jab today because my GP has advised me that it helps to protect not just myself, but the people around me,” said Sir Trevor.
“This year it’s more important than ever because of the heavy flu season being reported overseas. And if you’re 65 or over, it’s free.”
“Don’t put it off. Contact your GP or pharmacist to arrange your flu jab.”
Sir Trevor McDonald has had his flu vaccination every year for the past ten years.
The flu vaccination is also free for other people at risk from the flu including pregnant women and people suffering from an underlying health condition like COPD, asthma, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or after a stroke. Flu on top of health conditions like these can easily develop into something very serious.
The Chief Medical Officer has warned that flu, and complications associated with it, cause 8000 deaths on average a year in England1.
Children aged two and three on August 31 2017 and children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four are eligible for the free flu nasal spray. It can help protect children from flu and also reduce the chance of flu spreading to others.
NHS and public health leads are encouraging people in these groups and their carers to contact their GP or pharmacist to arrange their free flu jab.
Watch Sir Trevor talking about his flu vaccination here. Special extended footage is available here. Visit www.healthiernorthwestlondon.nhs.uk for more information about how to stay well this winter.
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