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Meg says ‘Get your free Flu Jab’

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Meg Munn MP today urged those at risk from flu in Sheffield Heeley to get their free jab. As winter approaches there are people who become vulnerable to the effects of the cold weather. In most years it is estimated at least 3,000-4,000 deaths are attributable to the complications of flu and around 10-15% of the population develop flu each year.


Meg said,

"The flu is not a severe cold: it can be a serious illness and the Flu Jab is the most effective protection against it’

"If you suffer from a chronic illness like asthma or diabetes, or are 65 years or older, you are particularly at risk from flu. This means that if you do catch flu, it is more likely to lead on to a more serious illness."

"If you suffer from one of these chronic conditions or you are 65 or over, you should contact your local GP for this year's free flu jab."

"To find out more call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit a pharmacist who I’m sure will be happy to give advice’

The Government has announced a high-profile national campaign to encourage those at particular risk from flu to claim their free jab. It is unlike previous years where only the over 65’s were entitled to free jabs but now anyone who is at risk will be entitled to receive one.

You are at risk from flu if, you are aged 65 over have a serious illness, including: chronic heart conditions, chronic respiratory conditions (including asthma), chronic kidney disease, or diabetes; or lowered immunity due to HIV, steroid medication or cancer treatment.


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