It’s been a year like no other. Colleagues across the NHS have worked incredibly hard to deal with current pressures, tackle COVID-19 backlogs and deliver on our long-term goals.
The NHS is now heading towards an unpredictable winter.
With measures in place such as mask wearing and social distancing, flu activity levels were extremely low last year and as a result, a lower level of population immunity against flu is expected this winter.
Additionally, this is the first year that flu will co-circulate alongside COVID-19.
Frontline health and social care workers are more likely to be exposed to both viruses. It’s also easy to pass these viruses on without knowing.
Research has shown that you’re more likely to be seriously ill if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
For this reason, it is essential that all health and social care workers, clinical and non-clinical staff are protected against both viruses as early as possible.
Getting your flu jab and COVID-19 booster vaccine will help prevent you from getting these viruses, they are the best defence we have against them. The vaccines will help keep you safe and if you do catch either virus, it’s likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.
Boost your immunity this winter and help protect yourself, your family, and patients.