‘ Islanders who are eligible for their autumn booster and free flu vaccines should book an appointment and ensure they are best protected over the winter period
Professor Peter Bradley
VACCINATION against flu and Covid-19 provides the best protection for Islanders as autumn moves into winter, the director of public health has said.
With the official start date for meteorological winter – 1 December – this Thursday, Professor Peter Bradley has issued a reminder of the recommended steps necessary to minimise the effects of seasonal viruses.
He cited three main recommendations:
•Vaccination against flu and Covid.
•Staying at home in the event of feeling unwell and booking a PCR test if experiencing Covid symptoms.
•Maintaining a supply of fresh air by opening windows where possible.
He said: ‘We have seen an earlier than usual start to our flu season this year and an increase in other seasonal illnesses.
‘A further wave of Covid-19 could also emerge in the coming months, so it is important that Islanders follow the guidance and stay home if they feel unwell.
‘Islanders who are eligible for their autumn booster and free flu vaccines should book an appointment and ensure they are best protected over the winter period.’ The latest data showed that by 20 November, a total of 23,120 doses of the autumn booster had been delivered in the Island, with 51% of those aged 50 or over having received the booster.