As the autumn sets in and winter approaches, it’s time for
those at greatest risk from flu to protect themselves and their families,
and get flu safe with a free flu jab.
Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch,
and it can be a really serious illness for some. Those at greater risk
from flu include people aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and those with health
conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints and diabetes.
From October 2012, those people at most risk will be
encouraged to get flu safe with a free flu jab from their GP
Hayley Darn, Nurse Consultant said: “Flu is not just a cold
– it can be a really serious illness for some people and it doesn’t just affect
older people. If you’re pregnant, have lowered immunity or a long term health
condition such as severe asthma, a chest or heart complaint, or diabetes then
you should also get a free flu jab from your GP and get flu safe. The flu jab is completely safe, and it can’t
give you flu.”
“If you’re in any of the ’at risk’ groups, the flu jab is
completely free and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter
The best time to be vaccinated is at the start of the flu
season from October to early November, so it’s good to get in early and get flu
safe in time for the winter.
Simply contact your GP to arrange a convenient appointment
and get your jab. It’s quick, safe and free for those most at risk from the virus.
For more information, speak to your GP or local pharmacist,
or visit www.nhs.uk/flu.
Updated: Wednesday 23/01/2013