Posted: 28.09.21 at 13:52 by The Editor
Public Health Wales is urging those eligible to have their NHS flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines when the winter vaccinations programme begins.
The NHS is reminding people the chances of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 or flu are greatly reduced by vaccination, as are the risks of spreading these viruses.
Vaccination is particularly important for those who are older, pregnant, or have a health condition and are more vulnerable to complications as a result of the infections.
It is also very important that frontline healthcare workers and those who work in care homes or providing care in people's own homes get their vaccines to help reduce spread.
Dr Christopher Johnson, consultant epidemiologist and interim head of Public Health Wales’ vaccine programme, explained.
“It is well known that having a flu vaccine every year is one of the most effective ways to protect against flu,” he said.
“Likewise the COVID-19 booster vaccination extends the protection against infection in individuals in those eligible groups that completed their primary course of the COVID-19 vaccinations earlier this year.
“The process is simple and effective. For most eligible groups the flu vaccines are available from either General Practice or Community Pharmacy. Separate arrangements are in place for infants, school-age children and NHS and social care staff. Most COVID-19 booster vaccinations will be offered at the existing mass vaccination centres, with invitations issued by local Health Boards.”
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