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Get your flu jab before winter sets in

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Meg Munn MP visited a flu vaccine clinic recently as part of encouraging her constituents to get this season’s flu vaccine before the winter sets in. Whilst there she took the opportunity to get vaccinated herself.


The Department of Health provides free seasonal flu vaccinations for at risk groups, which include those aged 65 or over, people with chronic respiratory disease (including asthma), heart, renal, liver or neurological disease, diabetes, and low immune systems. As well as people living in long-stay facilities such as nursing and residential homes, and carers of elderly or disabled people.


Last year 74% of people over 65 years, and 50% in the ‘at risk’ group, were vaccinated against flu in Sheffield, compared with the national averages of 72% for the over 65s and 50% for those ‘at risk’.


Meg commented:


“The seasonal flu vaccination is important to help protect those people who are more susceptible to serious complications or even death from flu.  I would encourage all those that are over the age of 65 or are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups to visit their surgeries and get vaccinated.”


Dr George Kassianos, a GP and Fellow of the Royal College of GPs, said:


“Despite the relatively mild flu season last year, people should remember that flu remains a serious threat, particularly for those aged over 65 and those of any age with medical conditions that put them at increased risk from influenza infection and its complications, for whom it can be a pretty nasty and debilitating illness.  It’s not too late, and I would encourage everyone at risk to get their annual flu jab.”


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