On Wednesday 18th October, Pauline Latham OBE MP attended a Vaccination Clinic in Parliament to mark Westminster Flu Day.
Westminster Flu Day is an annual event held in the House of Commons that provides Members of Parliament with the opportunity to learn about the importance of vaccinations to support good health at all stages of life. The event was sponsored by the ABPI Vaccine Group in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing and Carers Trust and was supported by the Department of Health and Public Health England. Pauline spoke to representatives at the event about how she can work with the NHS locally to increase vaccination coverage rates in Mid-Derbyshire.
At this drop in event Pauline also took the opportunity to have the NHS’s seasonal flu vaccine. The NHS Flu Vaccine is free to those who may be at risk of flu complications, for example: those who are over 65 years old, pregnant women, those with an underlying heart condition and those with a weakened immune system. In addition, the children's nasal spray flu vaccine is free for two and three years old, those in reception and school years one, two, three and four.
Pauline Latham OBE MP said ,“It is very important that you ensure that you and your family are up to date with your vaccines to help protect yourself against infectious diseases. Public Health England’s Immunisation Schedule can provide you with information about the vaccinations that you and are entitled to.
Today I took the opportunity to have a Flu Vaccination. As the winter season quickly approaches, it is vital that those people who are at risk of flu have their vaccination.”