Newham councillors bare arms to fight flu – get your jab now

Cllr Furness getting his flu jab

Cllr Furness getting his flu jab - Credit: Archant

Three Newham councillors got in line to get vaccinated as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of flu jabs.

Councillors Clive Furness, Frances Clarke and Joy Laguda bared arms to receive their injections, administered by Dr Zarifa of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

All GP surgeries in the borough offer the jab free of charge to people who are at risk, to make sure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

The vaccine is updated every year to combat the latest flu strains, so residents are encouraged to get another even if they’ve had one before.

Cllr Clive Furness, mayoral adviser for adults and health, said: “We are keen to see those that are susceptible to developing flu take up their free jabs. It’s important that residents know that this free service is available to help prevent people from becoming seriously ill.”

Last year, more Newham residents who were vulnerable to flu virus received a free jab than in any other part of London. This included pregnant women and people with long-term conditions such as diabetes.

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