A Shropshire pharmacist with 30 years experience in the industry is urging people to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible in case their stocks run out.
Martin Lunt, managing director of Lunts Pharmacies in Shrewsbury, Craven Arms and Pontesbury, said people need to start thinking about ensuring they are protected as soon as they can.
He said: “Our stock of flu vaccinations has now arrived we started vaccinating straight away.
“It is possible that we won’t be able to get further stocks, so I would suggest that you get vaccinated early.
“The manufacturer has warned they cannot promise deliveries for later in the season so we don’t want people to leave it too late.”
Double the number of vaccines were given at the Hereford Road branch last winter compared to the one before and a rise of 60 per cent was seen at Roushill.
It followed NHS England warnings of a particularly bad winter and expectations of more cases of flu than usual.
Certain residents are eligible for a free flu vaccine including those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, people with certain medical conditions, anyone living in a long-stay residential care home or those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person.
Babies aged over six months with a long-term health condition, two and three year olds and children in school years one to four should also receive the jab or nasal spray, as well as front-line health and social care workers whose employers should arrange for them to receive the vaccine.
Anyone not eligible for the free jab can pay for a vaccine, and are advised to consider doing so if they are in regular contact with a vulnerable person.
Mr Lunt said he is also advising people who need travel vaccines and anti malarials to do it sooner rather than later too. Both of these are on offer at Lunts in Roushill and Hereford Road, Shrewsbury, only.
Visit https://lunts.net/ to find out where your nearest pharmacy is or for more information about the services available at Lunts Pharmacies.