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Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group

 Take action now and get your free flu jab

Over 65s flu

Local GPs are reminding patients at risk of complications from flu, that there’s still time to get their free flu jab to help prevent the spread of the virus.

One in three people are eligible for a flu jab and it’s important that as many of these people as possible take action now and protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated against flu.

For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week. However, older people, the very young, women who are pregnant and those with some underlying diseases are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.

Those at greater risk from flu include:

  • People aged over 65
  • People with a serious medical condition, such as a heart complaint, lung disease such as asthma, liver disease or have suffered a stroke
  • Pregnant women
  • Young children

Dr Simon Rumley, Chair and Clinical Lead for NHS Wyre Forest CCG, said: “The simple message for anyone at risk in Worcestershire is it’s never too late to protect yourself, so take action now and get your flu jab.

“Flu is not just a bad cold. It can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses, especially for the elderly and those with long term or chronic conditions. In the worst cases, flu can result in a hospital stay, and it can even kill.

“The vaccine is the best possible protection against the flu virus. Even if you have had the vaccination before, the types of virus in circulation change every year, as does the vaccine, therefore it is important that you get the jab every winter.”

Many pharmacies and GP practices in Worcestershire are also offering the needle-free nasal vaccination as an alternative way for parents to have at risk children vaccinated.

To book your flu jab, simply contact your GP or a participating pharmacy to arrange a convenient appointment and get your jab.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/flu


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