Prepare for Flu Season

Living Magazines Sir Mike Penning MP receiving his flu jab

Local MP Sir Mike Penning recently visited his local pharmacy in Hemel Hempstead to receive his flu vaccination and he’s keen for his constituents to be aware how easy it is to get an NHS flu jab and protect themselves against illness through the winter months.

All adults aged 65 years and over, and those aged 18 years or over in clinical risk groups such as pregnant women or people with conditions including asthma or diabetes, can receive a free of charge NHS flu jab at community pharmacies across the country. The vaccination is the same one offered by GPs, and pharmacies are required to notify GPs when they vaccinate people.

Sir Mike said: ‘The NHS flu vaccination service is an excellent service and so accessible, with no appointments required. It only takes a few minutes and many patients are loyal to their pharmacy, so everyone knows each other quite well, making it an easy experience. The vaccination will help protect people through the winter months avoiding an illness that can have serious consequences. I encourage at-risk people in Hemel Hempstead to make sure they get their flu jab.’

You can read his full press release here.

If you’re new to the area and not sure where your nearest doctor’s surgery is located, take a look at our essential services for Berkhamsted and Tring which lists both those and other useful numbers. And, if you’re not eligible for a free flu jab, most pharmacies will offer the service too.