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Getting flu jab is best way to protect everyone, says Public Health England

03/10/2017

Public Health England has stressed the importance of being vaccinated against flu, as NHS leaders are warned to brace themselves for a ‘pressurised’ flu season this winter.

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens told delegates at the Expo conference in Manchester last Tuesday: “For the next three, four, five months, the top priority for every [NHS] leader, every part of the NHS, is ensuring that the NHS goes into winter in as strong a position as possible.”

The warning came after what he described as a ‘heavy flu season’ in Australia and New Zealand.

Public Health England said: “It’s too early to know which will be the dominant strains of flu to circulate in England this forthcoming winter (and to predict its impact).

“Each year the World Health Organization reviews the circulating strains of flu and recommends which flu strains should go in the vaccine. It’s really important that as many eligible people as possible get their jab which is the best way to protect everyone from flu.”

Find out more about the flu fighter campaign which supports frontline healthcare staff to get their flu jab here

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