GP surgeries in Corby are opening their doors on Saturdays to help more people be vaccinated against the flu virus.
As many people cannot get to their local surgery in the week, GPs in Corby have taken the initiative to open on Saturdays throughout October to protect more people from flu.
About 10,000 Northamptonshire people aged 65 and over did not receive the flu vaccination last year, and health officials hope the Saturday openings in Corby will result in more people getting the vaccination – so fewer people are put at risk.
Those who are eligible for the vaccination are those aged 65 years or over, pregnant women, children aged between two and four, carers as well as those with long-term health conditions and lowered immunity due to illness or treatment.
Young children will be vaccinated by nasal spray rather than with an injection.
The Great Oakley Medical Centre, Lakeside Surgery, The Studfall Partnership and the Woodsend Medical Centre in Corby are all opening their doors on Saturdays for the rest of October.
Dr Jo Watt, a GP at the Great Oakley practice and a member of the governing body of NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, has already had the flu jab herself to encourage others to follow suit.
She said: “Flu vaccination really works and can save lives. The decision by local GPs to run vaccination clinics on Saturdays shows just how important it is that people get the protection they are entitled to.”
To find out how to get your flu jab, contact your local surgery directly. For more information on flu vaccination, click here.