MP Mark Lancaster uses his local pharmacy to avoid getting the flu

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Milton Keynes MP Mark Lancaster popped into his local pharmacy for a flu jab in a bid to stay healthy during the chilly months.

Mark was keen to promote the national pharmacy vaccine scheme, which prompted nearly 600,000 people to chose to have their jab administered in a community pharmacy last winter.

He chose Jardines pharmacy in Newport Pagnell High Street.

Mark said: “Not having to make an appointment is just one reason why this is such a positive initiative. The convenience and simplicity of having your vaccination in your local pharmacy alleviates the pressure on our surgeries and essentially will reach many more residents in MK”

Krishan Modi, Jardines pharmacist, said “I am really excited about the start of this year’s Flu Vaccination Service. I have been offering vaccinations and other public health services for several years and my patients have been extremely positive about these.

All adults aged 65 years and over and those aged 18 years or over in clinical risk groups can receive the flu jab free of charge. Others have to pay, but can pop into any community pharmacy in Milton Keynes, often without the need for an appointment.

People in at-risk groups include pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions including asthma and diabetes.

Pharmacists will be providing the same flu vaccination as those offered by GPs and patients can be assured that their GP practice will be notified that they have been vaccinated.

Anne-Marie King (LPC Chief Office) said: “Community pharmacy provision of NHS flu vaccinations this flu season means that once again many eligible adult patients will have greater access to this service. Many people may choose pharmacy because they are unable to attend GP clinics due to factors such as their work hours and because they can visit pharmacies in a variety of locations and without the need to book an appointment.

Pictured from left to right are pharmacists Has Modi and Krishan Modi with resident Moira Evans and Mark Lancaster.