MP backs first-ever pharmacy flu jabs

Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, gets his pharmacy flu jab.
Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, gets his pharmacy flu jab.

Scarborough and Whitby MP Robert Goodwill visited Scarborough Delivery Chemist on Friday to learn more about the first-ever national pharmacy flu vaccination service.

The service aims to make it easier than everto get a flu jab and to increase the number of ‘at risk’ people being protected from ill health over winter.

During the visit, Mr Goodwill talked to staff about how the service has been received, the numbers of patients taking advantage and the benefits of the new national service.

Syd Bashford, Scarborough Delivery Chemist’s pharmacist, said: “The new NHS community pharmacy flu vaccination service, which is now available in Scarborough, is a great opportunity for more ‘at risk’ people to have their jab protecting them during the winter.

“Community pharmacies are the most accessible healthcare locations and this service makes it easier than ever for you to get vaccinated, in the main without the need for an appointment.”

Mr Goodwill said: “The service which has been available for just over a month is proving to be hit with patients.

“Numbers have already surpassed last year’s North Yorkshire total with an increase of 200.3 per cent.

“I myself will be adding to the numbers by also taking advantage of the service as I did last year. The service is quick, easy and convenient.

“As winter draws nearer, many people will suffer with ill health. Older people aged 65 and over, and adults with certain medical conditions can benefit from the NHS flu vaccination service now being offered in pharmacies.

“The scheme will help protect people from health complications through the winter months by making sure they have their flu jab.”

All adults aged 65 years and over, and those aged 18 years or over and in clinical risk groups, can receive a free of charge NHS flu jab at community pharmacies across the country, often without the need for an appointment.

People in ‘at risk’ groups include pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions including asthma and diabetes. Visit http://tinyurl.com/WhoGetsFlu for the full list.