Clinicians urge local people to get their flu vaccination


Thousands of local people across Colchester and Tendring who are at a high risk of medical complications from contracting the flu virus are being offered free flu vaccination this autumn, as part of a NHS drive to minimise the virus’s impact ahead of the annual flu season.


The NHS across North East Essex is offering a free flu vaccine to at-risk groups, including those aged over 65, those under 65 who have a long-term condition and pregnant women.


Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications for those with long-term health conditions like bronchitis, diabetes, heart or liver disease. Catching flu on top of these can easily develop into something very serious and could get bad enough to require hospital treatment. Anyone in these groups can receive the flu vaccine for free through their GP, and from their local high street pharmacist.


Clinicians at the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group are warning that this winter could see a very high number of flu cases and are urging local people to get vaccinated.   Australia is currently in the grip of its worst flu outbreak on record and the global circulation of the virus means that episodes in the Antipodes are indicators of the likelihood of outbreaks in Europe later in the year.


Many local people in groups at-risk of getting complications if they contract flu are still not being vaccinated, leaving themselves and others at risk from the potentially fatal risk the virus poses.


Children aged two and three will be offered the vaccination at their general practice, and those in reception class and school years one, two, three and four will be offered their vaccination in school.


Colchester GP Dr Hasan Chowhan, said: “We are encouraging pregnant women and those in the ‘at risk of complications’ groups to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine. These people are at particular risk from getting very ill from the flu and vaccination is the best protection we have against this unpredictable virus.”


Dr Chowhan added: “Flu is not the same as the common cold.  Symptoms tend to start much more suddenly, can be more severe, and last longer.  If you are eligible for the flu vaccine please do get it now. Contact your GP, or pharmacist to get the flu jab.”


You are eligible for a free flu vaccination from your GP practice if you:

  • Are aged 65 years or over
  • Are pregnant
  • Receive a carer’s allowance or are a carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Are aged between six months and 65 years and have a heart problem, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment, liver disease, had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack(TIA), diabetes, a neurological condition or a problem with or removal of the spleen e.g. sickle cell disease
  • Are a child born between 1 Sept 2013 – 31 August 2015 – plus children in reception class and school years one, two and three.


If you know someone in one of these categories please remind them of the importance of protecting their health this winter.


For more information on the symptoms of flu and treatment advice visit NHS Choices


Could This Be The Opportunity You Are Looking For?

Hundreds of jobs will be up for grabs next week at Tendring’s Jobs and Career Fair.

The free event on Tuesday October 3 is being staged at Clacton’s Princes Theatre and more than 55 stall holders will be exhibiting from both local and national employers.  It will run from 10am to 4pm and there will also be training opportunities on offer.


Free buses have been arranged to bring job hunters in from Dovercourt, Harwich and Jaywick Sands to help ensure no one misses out.

Organisers Tendring District Council (TDC) in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions will be hoping to top the 2,000 attendee mark for the very first time.    Exhibitors will cover a range of sectors which will include hospitality, care, retail, construction and manufacturing.

The Armed Forces, Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Service will also be at the fair which is supported by Clacton, Frinton and Walton Gazette and Harwich and Manningtree Standard.


Zoe Fairley, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Investment and Growth, said it is a chance for those seeking work to find the job for them.

“There will be real offers of jobs on the table on the day and the chance to meet and discuss opportunities with employers from the area,” she said.

“With more than 55 stands there is a huge choice of potential employment and training and there should be something to interest everyone.

“I urge people not to miss out and come along and make the very most of what’s on offer.”

Among the firms confirmed are Taylor Wimpey, Marks & Spencer, Rose Builders, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Affinity Water, Galloper Wind Farms, Dalau, NHS (Colchester Hospital) and Job Centre Plus. 

Also there will be Wivenhoe House Hotel, Milsom Hotels and Restaurants, Premier Inn, McDonalds, Orchard Holiday Park, Surya Foods and Hotels as well as TDC.

There is the chance to win a forklift training course for two people worth £1,000; have a go on the Army’s Climbing Wall Challenge; take on the Pit Stop Challenge or Shoot for Success in a basketball challenge.    Digital Zone and interactive activities include Barclays Digital Eagles Team and other virtual reality experiences.


Courtesy buses to the event need to be pre-booked. The number for Dovercourt and Harwich is 01255 206724 and for Jaywick Sands 01255 234122.

The Jobs Fair has a new dedicated facebook page – which has all the very latest news on it  - and it can also be found on Twitter  #tendringjobsfair



Get moving Walking Group Sunday 24 September

meeting at Clacton Pier  CO15 1QX


Walk your way to good health this autumn!  A fun gentle walking group for all ages and abilities. Come along and make new friends from your local community, have fun and get active!  Sundays, 12.30pm—2.00 pm.



Available on the day mobile 07555143097


If you can't join us this time, why not come along to our next walk on 1st October  meeting at Clacton Pier (walking direction Jaywick ) Clacton CO15 1QX


We also run walking groups on Wednesdays and Fridays - visit the walks page for more details.



Meeting points will vary, visit our website or facebook page for details of future walks. or


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