The Covid vaccination programme is now well underway in Hampshire and the NHS is delighted that people have already been able to receive the jab.
The NHS in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are urging people with liver disease to take up the offer of having their free flu vaccine to help protect themselves.
Having liver disease weakens your immune system and may limit the type of medications you can take for flu symptoms.
Flu can also worsen liver diseases or increase the rate of rejection and drug toxicity if you have had a liver transplant.
Just over a third of patients with liver disease have had their flu vaccination so far, which is why the NHS is urging you to take up the offer as soon as possible.
Dr Caroline O’Keeffe, GP in Hampshire, said: “I encourage all people with liver disease to get their flu vaccine.
“Liver disease weakens your immune system which means you are more likely to get flu. Having liver disease can also limit the type of medication we can use to treat flu, which makes flu much more unpleasant for you get it.
“It’s really important for you to be protected this winter.”
Watch a video of Dr Caroline O’Keeffe explaining why it’s important to get the flu jab
Patients can get their vaccines from their GP practice or local pharmacy.
While the covid vaccination programme has started, it’s important to note that currently those aged 80 and over, people in care homes and frontline health and care workers are being prioritised for it.
If you have liver disease, it’s important to continue to get your flu jab and not wait for your covid vaccination invitation.
Everyone is reminded not to contact their surgeries about the covid vaccination – it is being given strictly by invitation only.
Leaders across the NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight have called on the public to support the NHS by staying safe and using the right service.
Three vaccination centres and a further number of local vaccination services, which are run by local GP surgeries working together, and a hospital hub will be launched across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in January as part of the largest vaccination programme the NHS has ever undertaken.
The new NHS 111 First service in North and Mid Hampshire is now bigger and better than before, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
People with a high BMI are being encouraged to take up the offer of having their free flu vaccine.
While we may be celebrating this Christmas and New Year differently, your local NHS will still be here to support the whole family.
Another 10 GP-led services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will start vaccinating patients over the next couple days, as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history continues.
We are aware that some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
More GP surgeries across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are getting ready to start vaccinating patients over the next few days, as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history continues.
Family doctors across Hampshire are spearheading the next phase of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.
The first GP surgeries across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are getting ready to start vaccinating patients this week, as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history moves into the next phase.
It was a day of pride, privilege and hope, as the NHS in Hampshire took part in day one of the biggest immunisation programme in the nation’s history.
People aged over 50 in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will be able to get their free flu vaccination from December 1, through into the new year.