flu jabs offered to Burnham-On-Sea residents at greatest risk
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.
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.
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 doesnt just affect older
youre 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."
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
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."
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