At-risk groups urged to take up free flu jab and reduce threat of illness

November 03 2015

PEOPLE at an increased risk of developing flu are being urged to get vaccinated against the illness.

PEOPLE at an increased risk of developing flu are being urged to get vaccinated against the illness.
Free flu vaccinations are available to those aged 65 and above, pregnant women, children aged from two to four and anyone with a long-term health condition.
Residents of long-stay residential homes and children in the first two years of school are also eligible.
Local GP Dr Ann Sephton, who is the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group clinical lead for urgent care, said people being targeted in the campaign should not delay in getting the jab.
She said: “People who have a long-term health condition, even one that’s well managed, or those who are pregnant are at greater risk of severe complications if they catch flu.”
For young children, there is a nasal spray that gives quick, painless and effective protection without the need for injections.
Professor Mark Pietroni, South Gloucestershire’s director for public health, said: “The introduction of the flu vaccination programme is helping to protect and reach the most vulnerable groups in our communities and I would encourage people to take up the free jab.”
The flu vaccination provides protection against the different strains of flu which evolve every year.
Evidence from pilot schemes also suggests that vaccination in primary schools has a positive effect on the transmission of flu in the wider community.
Those considered to be at risk should have been contacted by their GP practice about the vaccination but anyone who hasn’t been approached should speak with their practice as soon as possible.