flu jabs offered to most vulnerable Burnham-On-Sea residents
children, people over 65, pregnant women and those with long term
health conditions are are being urged to get a free flu jab.
County Council is supporting the Public Health England and NHS joint
Stay Well This Winter campaign which launched in Somerset this week
with the national flu programme now available to all eligible people.
UK's Chief Medical Officer warned this week that flu, and complications
associated with it, cause 8,000 deaths on average a year in England.
flu jab is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects
of flu - these include children aged 2-8, people aged 65 and over,
pregnant women and those with long term health conditions.
in an at risk category and eligible for a free NHS flu
jab are:- children aged two and three years; in reception class
and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4; children with a health condition
that puts them at risk; those aged six months to under 65 years
in clinical risk groups; pregnant women; those aged 65 years and
over; and those in long-stay residential care homes and carers.
health and social care workers should be provided flu vaccination
by their employer. This includes general practice staff and care
Grant, Somerset Director of Public Health said: "Getting the
flu jab significantly reduces the risks of serious ill health and
I would urge everyone in an at risk groups to get the
flu jab now before the virus starts circulating in winter."
is more serious for people with respiratory diseases, cardiovascular
problems and those with chronic liver disease who are far more likely
to be seriously ill if they get flu as they are less able to fight
way of protecting vulnerable adults is to ensure parents vaccinate
children, who are super-spreaders of the virus. Last
years flu vaccination programme reduced the risk of flu in
children who received the vaccine by 65%. For healthy children aged
2-8 in Somerset the flu vaccine is given in the form of a nasal
Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer said: "Flu kills and
we could save thousands of lives if everyone eligible got their
free jab. Taking a few minutes to get the jab could save your life
with respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven
times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular
problems like chronic heart disease or angina, or those who have
had a stroke, are eleven times more likely compared to those who
dont. The risk is far worse for those with chronic liver disease,
who are 48 times more likely to die if they get flu."
good cough and hand hygiene will help to prevent the spread of germs
and reduce the risk of transmission for flu."
councillor Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health
and Wellbeing added: "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, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most
get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible you can contact
your GP, pharmacist or midwife for more information.
for more details on how to help you and your family stay well this