Gloucestershire pharmacies encourage flu vaccinations to reduce GP strain
By Sophie Ladd | 3rd September 2021
As flu season approaches, Cinderford Pharmacy and Lydney Pharmacy - both based in Gloucestershire and part of the Imaan Healthcare chain - are advocating for the importance of getting jabbed at a community pharmacy.
Many people visit a GP to receive their flu vaccination, which often leads to their services becoming quickly inundated. Long queues and busy phone lines lead to stress on all sides as healthcare workers are pushed to their limits and patients are inconvenienced.
Therefore, patients can divert pressure from GPs by getting their flu jab at their local community pharmacy. By spreading vaccinations across these services, more people can be vaccinated while reducing the overall strain on healthcare workers. Additionally, more vaccinated people means greater immunity and fewer people requiring treatment from busy NHS services.
Earlier in the year, reports of flu cases in the UK were low. This is no doubt due to the restrictions in place surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and potentially flu being masked by other respiratory viruses. However, these reduced levels of influenza will likely correlate to lower population immunity. As it is expected that Covid-19 will co-circulate with the flu, this reduced immunity will make this flu season extra dangerous for those who are unvaccinated.
Contracting both flu and Covid-19 simultaneously compounds symptoms, with the worst case scenario in both instances being death. Getting vaccinated against both is crucial to avoid a nasty double threat this flu season.
The virus' prevalence, even during the most extreme safety restrictions proves how necessary it is that everyone receives their jab. Patients are urged to get their vaccination as soon as possible, but to be patient with services as they are overwhelmed by high demand.
If you are eligible for a flu vaccination this year, please consider getting your jab at Cinderford or Lydney to ease pressure on GP services.
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