NHS promotes flu jab to ‘at risk’ patients under 65 years old

Posted on Tuesday 7th December 2010 at 8:05 am by SH (Editor)

The NHS in South Gloucestershire is encouraging all patients at risk of complications from flu, particularly pregnant mothers and others under 65 years old, take up the offer of this year’s flu jab.

Dr Chris Payne, Director of Public Health for South Gloucestershire, said: “Do not underestimate seasonal flu. It is not the same as getting a cold and it can cause serious illness in patients who are at risk from complications.”

All GP surgeries in South Gloucestershire contacted patients who are eligible for the flu jab to invite them to attend a clinic. By the end of October, just 29% of those under 65 who have been offered the jab had had one compared with 35% last year.

“If you have been invited for a flu jab don’t take a chance, go and get the jab. This year’s vaccine is the ordinary seasonal flu jab and it will protect you against the common strains of flu. This year it protects against three types of flu including the H1N1 strain of flu,” said Dr Chris Payne.

This year for the first time pregnant women are being offered the seasonal flu jab if they did not receive the H1N1 vaccine last year.

“This is because pregnant women who catch the H1N1 strain of flu are at an increased risk of becoming severely ill. If you have been offered a flu jab or think you may be eligible for one, contact your GP surgery. It is an easy way of helping you ensure you stay healthy this winter,” said Dr Payne.

Source: NHS South Gloucestershire

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