Southend University Hospital is currently on black alert due to a higher than usual number of acutely ill patients requiring a hospital bed.
To assist us in dealing with the situation, we would like to remind members of the public to only visit the accident and emergency department if they are seriously unwell or critically injured. Choking, chest pain, blacking out, blood loss and fractures are all considered emergencies, and those with symptoms like this should not hesitate to visit their local A&E department.
Children aged two, three and four years old across south east Essex will be offered the single dose nasal spray flu vaccine, Fluenz Tetra.
The needle-free vaccine is an alternative to the traditional injectable flu vaccine, which will continue to be offered to those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, carers and adults and babies (aged six months to two years) with a long-term medical condition.