As the colder months approach, health officials in Harrow are urging residents to take proactive steps to protect themselves and their communities against flu and COVID-19.
The national booking system for vaccinations is now open, offering eligible residents the opportunity to safeguard their health against these potentially life-threatening viruses.
West London GP and vaccine lead Andrew Steeden explains: “During the colder months, flu and Covid-19 spread more easily as we spend more time indoors. These viruses are unpleasant, but for some, particularly those with certain health conditions, older people and pregnant women, they can be very dangerous and even life-threatening, which is why it is so important to have these vaccinations.”
The NHS will send invitations to eligible individuals, but for those who haven’t received one yet, there are multiple ways to book appointments.
Residents can book both their COVID-19 and flu vaccinations online, through the NHS app, or by calling 119 if they are unable to access the internet.
Additionally, walk-in vaccination sites have been set up across North West London, including Harrow, to ensure easy access for everyone. For COVID-19 vaccinations, residents can find a nearby drop-in center, while pharmacies offering flu vaccinations are readily available for those looking to protect themselves without an appointment.
It’s crucial to note that individuals who have been previously vaccinated or have contracted flu or COVID-19 should still consider getting vaccinated. Immunity wanes over time, and the viruses continue to evolve, making regular vaccinations essential. Eligible individuals may even receive both vaccines during the same visit, streamlining the process and ensuring comprehensive protection.
Both the COVID-19 and flu vaccines have demonstrated a strong safety record, keeping tens of thousands of people out of hospitals and saving numerous lives. By getting vaccinated, residents not only protect themselves but also contribute to the collective effort in safeguarding the community during the winter months.
For more information, including frequently asked questions and eligibility details, residents are encouraged to visit the official website: www.nwlondonicb.nhs.uk/Winter.