The local NHS says it’s not too late for ‘at risk’ patients to have a free flu vaccination. These include patients aged 65 and over, adults living with a long term condition such as diabetes and asthma, and all pregnant women.
People eligible for a free NHS vaccine should visit their GP practice when invited to have a jab. Flu can seriously affect their health and the risks of developing complications are higher for people in these ‘at risk’ groups.
Parents are asked to get their children aged 2 and 3 vaccinated against flu with a simple and quick nasal spray at their GP practice when asked. Children are super-spreaders of flu, and by vaccinating them it reduces the risk of transmission to frail and elderly groups.
Dr Ed Capo Bianco, Clinical Locality Director at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We urge eligible patients to have a free flu vaccination to protect them this winter. It’s not too late for these patients to have the vaccine from their GP practice when invited.”
Ed said: “The flu is not the same as getting a cold. It can seriously affect your health and the risks of developing complications are greater for people within the ‘at-risk’ groups. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to a stay in hospital, permanent disability or even death.”