Get your flu jab

By Dr Wirin Bhatiani

I wrote a few weeks ago about how dangerous flu could be if you had underlying health issues or were in one of the main ‘at-risk’ groups.

The priority groups for receiving the flu vaccination include two and three year olds, school-age children from Reception to Year 6, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those people who already have a health condition, such as diabetes, heart or lung disease.

These people are considered to be particularly vulnerable and likely to become seriously ill if they catch influenza.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to get protected by having the flu vaccine. Not only are you protecting yourself from serious illness, but also other people who may not be as healthy or strong enough to fight off the virus.

Children especially are susceptible to complications if they contract flu, and last year we saw far too many youngsters needing hospital treatment as a result of having the disease.

They are also ‘super spreaders’ which means they can easily pass on flu to their families and the wider community.

In Bolton we are concentrating our efforts on getting more people vaccinated.

It certainly is a challenge to encourage people of all ages to have the flu vaccine, especially as there are so many myths in circulation.

Contrary to popular belief, it does not give you a dose of flu!

I’ve had my flu jab for this season and the CCG, the hospital and council have all held sessions for their staff to get vaccinated.

It’s more accessible than ever, with workplaces joining schools, pharmacies and GP practices in the fight against flu.

Let’s continue that fight and get vaccinated.

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