PHE East of England Press Release re Flu Jabs


Dr David Edwards, Consultant in Health Protection, PHE East said:

 “COVID-19 rates continue to rise in the East of England and we are now seeing a spike amongst our over-60s population. We need to work together to protect ourselves, our loved ones, the elderly and the vulnerable in society.

“As we enter the flu season, it is more important than ever to be vaccinated, this will help build a defence not only for you but for those around you. As we are seeing a rise of COVID cases in our elderly, we ask they get their free flu jab to protect them from influenza - fighting COVID and flu at the same time is not something we want to see in our elderly and vulnerable population.

“Please continue to take action to help prevent COVID spreading - stick to the rule of six and social distancing; wear face coverings and regularly wash your hands.”

If you develop Covid-19 like symptoms contact 119 to arrange testing. If you are a positive case of Covid-19 you need to self-isolate for 10 days. If a member of your household is a positive Covid-19 case please self-isolate for 14 days to protect other people. Going to school, college, work or other settings when you should be self-isolating not only poses a risk to people’s health but it can also affect their education and work.

Notes to editors:

  • For more information on the COVID local alert levels visit:
  • Everyone needs to be aware and stick to government guidelines around the rule of six, social distancing and that they remember ‘hands, face, space’: wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep your distance.   
  • We are also asking anyone who shows signs of coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – to self-isolate immediately and book a test as soon as possible.

Issued by PHE East of England Press Office: 01223 722 486/485.

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