residents offered flu jabs as winter chill arrives
Somerset's Director of Public Health has this week reminded
parents and people in 'at risk groups' across the Burnham-On-Sea
area that it is not too late to get a free flu vaccine.
With a cold spell of weather arriving in the Burnham area, the
NHS has warned that while for most people flu is just a nasty
experience, for others it can lead to illnesses that are more
serious, including bronchitis and pneumonia, which can be life
NHS recommendations say the following people should have a flu
jab - everyone aged 65 and over; all pregnant women, at any stage
of pregnancy; all two, three, and four, year old children; all
children in school years 1 and 2; everyone living in a residential
or nursing home; everyone who cares for an older or disabled person;
and household contacts of anyone who is immuno-compromised;
and all frontline health and social care staff.
Anyone in these groups who hasnt yet had the vaccine should
contact their GP in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge or Berrow, their
pharmacist or midwife now as they are at much greater risk of
becoming seriously unwell if they catch flu, and sadly many end
up in hospital.
Somerset County Councillor Anna Groskop, Cabinet Member with
responsibility for health, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "For
good health during the winter months remember that the flu vaccine
is still the best protection we have against an unpredictable
virus. It can reduce the risk of serious illness, ending up in
hospital, and even death among those who are most at risk."
Simple steps can help you towards good winter health. Being considerate
of those around you and maintaining good cough and hand hygiene
will help to prevent the spread of germs and reduce the risk of
transmission for flu.
This includes remembering to cover your own nose and mouth with
a tissue when you cough and sneeze and disposing of the tissue
and washing your hands with hot water and soap every time you
sneeze - as soon as you can.
Simple winter health steps include keeping warm this may
help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such
as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia. Also, look out for your
neighbours, friends and family to see they are coping well and
whether they need your help.