West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging constituents aged 65 and over to get the flu vaccination this winter.
The Respiratory Health APPG held a meeting last week where a number of experts from Public Health England, NHS England and patient groups discussed the issues surrounding flu vaccination for the over 65s.
Assurances were offered that there is now no remaining problems with vaccine availability and the necessity for those over 65 to receive the flu vaccine this year was discussed.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“There is no shortage of flu vaccines for the over 65s but the flu vaccination rates have fallen this year from 70% to 65%.
“A more effective vaccine for older adults was introduced across the UK this year, delivered in phases, with final deliveries concluding in November. A total of 8.5 million doses of the new vaccine have been delivered, over 1 million doses more than the uptake last year.
“Public Health England are promoting the flu vaccine for over 65s this year, saying it could reduce GP consultations by 30,000, hospitalisations by over 2,000 and prevent over 700 deaths.
“The Christmas season is a time for families to be together and family members with older relations can help by reminding parents and grandparents to get vaccinated against flu before family gatherings.”
Those looking to get their flu vaccination should contact their GP for more information.