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).


Cervical smear campaign targets young women

Young women in Essex are putting themselves at risk with their lack of knowledge about cervical screening (smear tests), research has revealed.

That's why Basildon and Brentwood CCG is backing an innovative campaign to raise awareness among 25-29 year-old women about the necessity of having their smear test when they are invited by the NHS.

Females of the Future is a new campaign by NHS England, which aims to fill women with hope, not guilt, as they are encouraged to attend their smear test.