Do you need to protect yourself from flu?

Do you need to protect yourself from flu?

The local NHS in West Lancashire is urging people to get their flu vaccination, particularly if you fall into particular groups deemed more at risk.

For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant illness that usually lasts a week or so. However, older people, the very young, pregnant women and those with underlying disease are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.

The following groups that are recommended to have the flu vaccination are:

  • those aged 65 years and over
  • those aged six months to under 65 in clinical risk groups for example those with diabetes, heart disease or chronic respiratory disease
  • pregnant women
  • all two, three and four year olds on 31 August 2015
  • all children of school years 1 and 2 age
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • health and social care staff

Dr Ros Bonsor a local GP and board member of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It is vital that people who are eligible for the flu jab have it every year, each year the vaccine is specially made to guard against the particular types of serious flu that might come our way. It is really important that people make an appointment at their GP practice as soon as possible and protect themselves from the viral illness”.

“We understand that it can be hard to find time, but a quick jab will protect you, your family, friends and colleagues over the winter months”.

The flu vaccine is still the best protection available to protect against an unpredictable virus which can cause severe illness and deaths each year among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with a health condition, even one that is well managed.