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It’s time for your flu jab

Written by on October 13, 2019

People at higher risk from chest infections are being urged to book up for their flu jab.

Northamptonshire County Council and health commissioning groups have announced their annual campaign to head-off break outs of flu this winter by ensuring people get vaccinations.

You are entitled to it free if you:

  • are 65 years old or over or in school years 1 to 6
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions (including children)
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • are a front-line health and care worker or are a main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled

Check with your GP if you are not sure. GPs, some pharmacists and some midwifery serves offer the vaccinations.

Flu, which can cause runny noses, sore throats, tiredness and aching bones can sometimes be fatal. It not only brings pressure on NHS services for vulnerable sufferers but can also cause secondary disruption by making carers and other vital staff ill.

Cabinet Member for Public Health at Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Ian Morris, said: “In the last 3 years, over 11,000 people were hospitalised in Northamptonshire due to flu or flu related complications, with nearly 8,000 of those people aged over 65. Having the flu vaccine can help prevent the spread of seasonal flu and help to prevent those most at risk from becoming ill.”

Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health stated: “The flu vaccination programme is the best way of protecting you and your family from flu this winter. With an increasing number of people eligible for a free vaccine, we have the potential to protect more people than ever from falling ill this winter, and reduce demand on our NHS and healthcare services.”