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Over 50s urged to have free flu vaccine this winter as scientists predict significant outbreak

Over-50s in Devon are being urged to take up their FREE NHS flu vaccine as experts warn of a significant flu outbreak this winter.

Flu is not just a heavy cold. It is a highly infectious disease, causing fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. It can’t be treated by antibiotics because it is a virus.

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Protect yourself and your baby by having the flu vaccine

Pregnant women in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay are being urged to have the flu vaccine now to protect themselves and their unborn baby from the deadly illness.

The UK Health Security Agency has warned that there could be a significant flu surge this winter coinciding with continuing or rising COVID-19 cases.

Clara Southby, Interim Maternity Matron for Community and Outpatients...

‘Wear a mask, get vaccinated and keep your distance’ – how to do YOUR bit to help the NHS in Devon this winter

The number of patients in Devon’s hospitals with Covid-19 has almost doubled in the first three weeks of October and is expected to continue rising as cases in the community increase.

This adds to the severe pressures that already exist in the local health and care system, leading health and care partners to remind people in Devon they can play a key role in keeping case numbers down...

Confused about booster jabs and flu vaccines? Here’s what you need to know

People in Devon are reminded to get their COVID and flu vaccinations to give themselves the best possible protection against these deadly illnesses this winter.

The COVID jab does not protect against flu so it is vital to have both vaccinations to reduce your chances of becoming unwell and needing hospital treatment. Getting vaccinated helps you and the NHS, which is already facing...

Paramedics urge public to get flu vaccine

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging people to get the flu vaccine to protect themselves and others this winter. Flu is a very common and highly infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. It can make people seriously ill - especially older adults, very young children and people with underlying health conditions. SWASFT is encouraging people in the...

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Innovative medical practice works in collaboration with Exeter City Council & Stagecoach to ensure flu vaccinations are delivered safely

St Thomas Medical Group (STMG) consisting of St Thomas Health Centre, Exwick Heath Centre, and Pathfinder Village Surgery, has teamed up with Exeter City Council and Stagecoach South West to provide a creative and innovative solution to safeguard their patients who are eligible for flu vaccinations; which is believed to be the first of its kind in Devon.

Established in 1969, STMG has...

Avoid flu – book your child’s vaccination appointment

Amid warnings that new cases of flu could peak over the busy Christmas period, the parents of a nine-year-old boy from Devon who died from the illness in January last year, are calling on parents to vaccinate their children.

The request follows the release of data from Public Health England (PHE), showing that GP consultations across the country for Influenza-like illness have risen...

Plymouth headteacher urges schools to protect against flu after outbreak left pupils in hospital last year

A Plymouth head teacher has urged teachers and parents across the county to do all they can to get pupils vaccinated after a flu outbreak forced her to temporarily close her school last winter.

Dozens of children and staff at Woodlands School in Plymouth, whose pupils have complex physical and sensory difficulties, were taken ill by the highly infectious virus in February 2018....

Plymouth flu jab campaign launches

People in Plymouth who are eligible are being urged to have their flu jabs, as figures reveal that last winter four in every ten flu outbreaks in England were linked to schools.

Residents aged 65 and over, pregnant women, people with long term health conditions and children aged 2, 3, and 4, and children in school years 1, 2 and 3, are among the groups being encouraged to get...

Local pharmacies help fight flu in Devon

NHS doctors are urging people across Devon to get vaccinated against flu at their local pharmacy, under a new scheme introduced this winter.

After the mildest winter on record, experts are warning that the flu season has now started with increasing numbers of flu like illnesses presenting to GPs, With colder weather expected across the South West from next week the advice is to get the...

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