Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson took part in Westminster Flu Day to help raise awareness of the seriousness of seasonal influenza and encourage those eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine to do make an appointment. Every year, an estimated 12, 000 people die from seasonal influenza in England and Wales, and is the most frequent cause of death in pregnancy.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you are 65 years or older; pregnant; living in a long-stay residential care home; receive a carer’s allowance or are a main carer for an elderly or disable person or are a front line health and social worker.
The Labour MP said “Receiving the vaccine is such an easy way to avoid such a severe illness, I really do urge all of my constituents who are eligible to make an appointment. The event in Westminster highlighted particularly the importance of carers, those looking after the needs of our most vulnerable, to receive a potentially life saving vaccination. I’d like to thank the Royal College of Nursing and Carers Trust, the ABPI Vaccine Group and the Department of Health in raising awareness of such an important matter.”