Free flu jabs offered to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents
in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area who are in one of the
'at risk' categories for flu are this week being urged to arrange
their free flu vaccinations by contacting their GP surgery.
with a long term condition, even one that is well managed, and
women who are pregnant, are at greater risk of severe complications
if they catch the flu, say experts.
free flu vaccination is the one of the most effective ways to
reduce harm from flu and those who are eligible for free vaccinations
are pregnant women, those aged 65 or over, those aged 6 months
to under 65 in clinical risk groups (with a long term health condition),
all 2, 3 and 4 year-olds, those in long-stay residential care
homes, and carers.
Christine Lawrence, Chair of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing
Board at Somerset County Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Dont
put off getting the flu vaccination. If you are eligible get it
now. Its free because you need it."
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chairman, Dr Matthew Dolman,
added: "If you are over 65, or have a long-term health condition
like, diabetes, chronic lung or heart disease or if you are expecting
a baby, it is vital to get your flu vaccination."
will offer protection to you at the time of year when you are
most vulnerable. Flu is not just a bad cold. Whilst you have it,
it will knock you completely and utterly. But worse than that,
it can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses
such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions
the worst cases, the flu can result in a stay in hospital, and
it can even be a killer. I urge everyone who is eligible to get
vaccinated against flu, as I will be doing."