Tower Hamlets prepares for biggest ever child flu vaccination drive
Schools and healthcare workers in Tower Hamlets are getting ready for a busy flu vaccination campaign this autumn. This year is the first in which all children aged 2-16 are eligible for a flu vaccine, including more than 38,000 children attending the borough’s 81 primary, secondary and special schools.
Flu can be very serious, causing thousands of hospitalisations and deaths in the UK every winter. With Covid-19 still circulating, the NHS expects to be put under particular pressure this year, meaning vaccination is more important than ever. As well as children aged 2-16, free flu jabs are being offered to pregnant women, over 50s, frontline health and social care workers, care home residents, carers, those at clinical risk and close contacts of immunocompromised individuals.