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.