Pharmacies set to join fight with flu

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FLU jabs will be on offer in Wigan pharmacies as part of a pilot scheme to increase uptake levels.

The project has been launched in Wigan to make it more convenient for people (18 to 64 years at risk) with long-term health conditions to have the flu vaccine this year.

People with liver, lung, kidney and heart problems, diabetes and conditions such as asthma and other respiratory problems are at serious risk of developing complications if they catch the flu virus.

This winter vulnerable members of the public will have the option of receiving their NHS flu jab in their local pharmacy, if they can’t get to see their GP.

The scheme will give more flexibility and opportunities for patients to access and have a flu vaccination outside of normal working hours and at weekends.

Rob Bellingham, director of commissioning for NHS England GM Area Team said: “It is important that people in this at risk group get a flu jab. Where people are unable to make it to their GP practice, this service provides an extra option. One pharmacy in three will be doing NHS flu jabs as part of the follow up flu programme in Greater Manchester, so there’s a good chance that your local pharmacy will be one of them.”

If you have an underlying health condition or a weakened immune system and you catch the flu virus, you are at more risk of pneumonia, muscle inflammation, central nervous system disease and heart attacks that can land you in hospital and can occasionally be fatal. People who are carers can also be vaccinated at a pharmacy.

To find out if you are eligible to have a flu jab this winter speak to your GP or your local pharmacy.

The following pharmacies are taking part in the scheme: Lloyds, Mesnes Street; George Wilson’s, Sherwood Drive; Tims & Parker, Phoenix Way; The Co-op, Golborne High Street; The Co-op, Ormskirk Road; The Co-op, Lodies Lore, Hindley; Tesco, Central Park Way; Rowlands, Wigan Road; New Springs pharmacy; Boots Grand Arcade; Boots Robin Park; Boots Wigan Road; Blundells, Worsley Mesnes Drive; Ashton Medical Practice, Wigan Road, Ashton; Bradpharm Ltd, Bradshaw Street, Orrell.