Published: October 9, 2013
Free flu jabs offered to Burnham-On-Sea residents at greatest risk

Somerset's Public Health experts have this week urged those at greatest risk of flu in the Burnham-On-Sea area to protect themselves and their families by getting a free jab.

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.

Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council, 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 you should also get a free flu jab from your GP. The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you will need another one this year. Carers and frontline health and social care staff are also encouraged to get a free jab to protect themselves and those around them."

The flu jab is completely free and safe and the best time to be vaccinated is at the start of the flu season from October to early November. Anyone wanting a jab can contact their GP to arrange a convenient appointment.

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Chair of Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board, added: "Flu can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and can make existing conditions much worse. Flu can knock you off your feet and make it hard to look after the children or go to work. In the most serious cases, seasonal flu might land you in hospital - it can even be a killer."

For more information, speak to your GP or local pharmacist, or visit here.

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