Support us to spread the word, not the flu

It is so important that vulnerable people get the flu jab this winter and your help could prove invaluable in ensuring that people are protected in your local community. Please help us to spread the word and not the flu.

Flu causes 12,554 deaths in the UK every year, and affects one in five people during the winter spike between November and March. Yet last year 30% of eligible patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland did not take up the flu jab. Longer bouts of colder weather intensify the pressure on A&E and patients visiting A&E with flu symptoms are more likely to spend the night in an inpatient bed when the temperatures are low.

We recognise that many people have legitimate concerns about the jab and a number of myths have been circulating over the years. Many people worry that the vaccine can give you the flu, but this isn’t possible as there is no live influenza virus in the vaccine. There is no need for anyone to worry about giving the vaccine to their children, or if they are pregnant, the vaccine affecting their baby.

  • How you can help us

    We are in the process of launching a campaign across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to promote the importance of getting your flu vaccination, particularly if you fall into a priority group such as over 65’s, people with long term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and long term conditions, parents of children aged 1 to 5. Here’s how you can help:

    • Every person that you share the flu message with counts
    • Do you know a great place in your community where you could put up a poster?
    • Is there a local Parish newsletter or magazine that would be willing to support us with an article?
    • Are there any websites that could help to spread the flu message?
  • Our support for you

    Please use the links on this page for newsletter articles for local distribution, ready-made posters for local areas and a social media toolkit for you to use.