Mayor John Biggs had his annual flu jab today before the winter cold sets in. He is reminding those who are considered most vulnerable should take up their free vaccination at their local GP or pharmacy.
Those most vulnerable include the following:
- children aged two and three via their general practice
- people aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- those with long-term health conditions (from 6mths to 64yrs)
- front-line health and social care workers.
Flu is a highly contagious viral infection that anyone can catch, and it can be very serious for those listed above.
Getting the flu jab or nasal spray is one of the most effective ways to reduce potential harm from the seasonal flu virus, which has to be given every year due to the changes in the flu virus.
Mayor John Biggs said: “It is really important that people at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu take up the offer of the free vaccine.
“People with respiratory diseases such as COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu compared to those that don’t. People with cardiovascular problems such as chronic heart disease or angina, or those who have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely.”
To get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible, contact your general practice or visit your local pharmacist for more information. If you are not considered vulnerable but want to get your jab, you can receive it from your pharmacist for a small fee.
For more information on how to help you and your family to stay well this winter, visit www.nhs.uk/staywell
Posted on Wednesday 7th November 2018