MPs and Peers were invited today to attend Westminster Flu Day, a flu vaccine clinic held in the House of Commons, to encourage their constituents to get this season’s flu vaccine in line with Government recommendations.
Parliamentarians who would not be eligible for a free seasonal flu vaccine on the NHS made a £10 donation to the Carers Trust. £10 is equivalent to the cost of a private vaccination.
50% of at-risk people and 30% of people over the age of 65 in Redbridge were not vaccinated against flu last year, even though they were eligible for a free flu vaccine on the NHS. This compares to around 50% nationally of at-risk patients and 27% of people over the age of 65.
Mike Gapes MP said:
“Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness that can lead to serious complications or even death. I would urge everyone who is eligible to receive a free flu vaccine on the NHS to go and get vaccinated.”