With hospitalisations from flu at a 4 year high and around one in 25 people in England estimated to have had Covid-19 over the new year, people are being reminded to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

The flu and Covid-19 viruses spread more easily at this time of year and can cause serious illnesses. 

Front line health and social care workers and carers in Wolverhampton, along with people who are aged 50 or over or in an at risk group, are eligible for a free flu vaccination, as well as a Covid-19 booster.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Respiratory viruses affecting the lungs and airways are more prevalent in winter and can be life threatening to more vulnerable people, such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.

"We are seeing the impact the viruses are having in terms of an increase in hospitalisations, particularly from flu, and so I would encourage anyone who is eligible to get their flu vaccination or Covid-19 booster booked in as soon as possible. I would also remind anyone who hasn't yet had their first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination that it is not too late to get it.” 

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, added: “With Covid-19 and flu circulating this winter, it’s vital that everyone prepares for potential winter illnesses, especially those who are at higher risk.

“Getting vaccinated helps you and the NHS, which is already facing extreme pressures in the very busy winter season. That’s why we’re urging all those eligible for a Covid-19 booster and a flu vaccine to come forward as soon as possible and top up their immunity."

To find out more about the Covid-19 and flu vaccinations, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and Flu vaccine. Flu vaccinations are available from GPs or at selected pharmacies. Covid-19 vaccinations are available at clinics operating around Wolverhampton, details of which can be found at Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site.