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UKHSA fordert berechtigte Gruppen dringend auf, sich gegen Grippe und COVID-19 impfen zu lassen

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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is reminding all eligible individuals that it is not too late to book their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. With an expected increase in cases in the coming weeks due to increased travel and social gatherings over the holidays, it is important for those at higher risk for severe illness to get vaccinated to reduce the likelihood of needing medical care or hospitalization and alleviate the strain on healthcare services. Additionally, children who receive the flu vaccine also help reduce the spread to vulnerable friends and family members, ensuring communities across the UK have the healthiest start to the year 2024.

For pregnant women, the uptake of flu and COVID-19 vaccines has declined compared to the same time last season. It is strongly urged that vulnerable groups, including pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Given that it takes several days after flu and COVID-19 vaccination for immunity to strengthen, the time to get vaccinated is now in order to start the new year on a healthy note. As temperatures are expected to drop later in January and indoor air mixing increases, the possibility of a further surge in flu and COVID-19 infections also rises.

Eligible groups can book their vaccine by contacting their local general practitioner or pharmacy. COVID-19 vaccinations are available until January 31, and flu vaccinations are possible until March 31.

Dr. Mary Ramsay, Director of Immunization at UKHSA, said:

Flu and COVID-19 rates are on the rise. Get your vaccine now to ensure you are winter-ready. Pregnant women, their unborn babies, and individuals in clinical risk groups are at higher risk for complications and severe illness from the flu. Taking both flu and COVID-19 vaccines provides the best protection for pregnant women and their baby. Vaccinated women have a lower risk of stillbirths, preterm births, and the need for intensive care.

If you are a parent of a child aged 2 or 3, don’t forget that they are also eligible for the flu vaccination and can be booked through your general practitioner. The nasal spray vaccination helps prevent hospitalizations and reduces the spread of flu in the community, avoiding the need to juggle a sick child with work and other commitments.

It’s not too late to get vaccinated – eligible individuals can still speak with their general practitioner, or alternatively a local pharmacist, about getting vaccinated.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness such as flu or COVID-19, you can help contain the spread of these infections by regularly washing your hands, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and avoiding contact with others if possible, especially those who are more vulnerable.

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