Essex residents urged to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine

Public Health England and the NHS’s joint Stay Well This Winter campaign has launched in Essex with the national flu vaccination programme now available nationwide to all eligible people, including 198,000 children in the county.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign will help the most vulnerable people in Essex prepare for winter and avoid having to visit hospital due to common winter illnesses.

Expectant mothers urged to get their free flu jab

Health experts at Basildon and Brentwood CCG are encouraging all pregnant women to get their free flu vaccination before the flu virus starts circulating.

Flu can cause many complications during pregnancy, particularly in the later stages, such as premature births or low birth weights. In some cases, it can lead to stillbirth or even death in the first week of life. If you’re an expectant mother, getting your free flu vaccination helps to keep you and your baby safe.

Current global shortage of hepatitis b vaccine

Basildon and Brentwood CCG would like to advise patients there is currently a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine which has been caused by problems in the manufacturing process.

You can read about this in more detail and see the health advice in the news story published by Public Health England (7 August 2017).