Flu jab stats for last year

PEOPLE at most risk from flu are being urged to have the flu jab as soon as possible to protect themselves.

The jab is the best way to protect people from flu, yet last winter almost half the population deemed to be at most risk from flu didn’t get the jab.

The NHS in Lincolnshire is urging more people with a health condition, such as severe asthma, diabetes or a chest or heart complaint, to get flu safe with a free flu jab.

Dr Tony Hill, Director of Public Health at NHS Lincolnshire, said: “People with health conditions are used to managing their health and taking precautions. However, many do not realise the risk that flu can pose to them.

“Flu can knock even the healthiest people off their feet for a couple of weeks but getting flu when you already have a health condition can lead to serious complications and it can even be a killer.

“Unlike other medication for long term health conditions, the flu jab is an annual one-off vaccine. The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe.”

He stressed that people shouldn’t underestimate flu and added: “You shoul make an appointment with your local GP surgery and get your jab now to protect yourself all winter long. The flu jab is completely safe and doesn’t carry the live flu virus so it can’t give you flu.”

Each winter emergency services see an increase in the number of emergency 999 calls received and many calls for help are from people suffering from flu.

Simply contact your GP to arrange a convenient appointment and get your jab. It’s quick, safe and free for those with a health condition.

Flu vaccinations are currently offered free of charge people in ‘at risk’ groups, including those aged 65 or over, all pregnant women (including those who become pregnant during the flu season) and people with a serious medical condition such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or bronchitis, chronic heart disease or chronic kidney disease.