It’s not too late to protect yourself from flu

Published on: Monday, 11-January-2016

Those most at risk of flu are urged to get their free vaccination, after a reported increase in the number of flu cases.

Public Health experts in Knowsley have revealed that the number of people catching flu in the North West and elsewhere in the country is on the increase.

And they are encouraging key groups such as pregnant women, young children, those aged over 65 and people of all ages with long term health conditions, who are at much greater risk of becoming seriously unwell if they catch flu, to have their free flu vaccine, available from their GPs.

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said: “The vaccine really is the best protection against flu and I would urge all those in these “at risk groups” who have not had the jab to contact their GPs and get it as soon as possible.”

Research has shown that the flu vaccine is extremely effective at controlling the current strain of flu virus – which particularly affects children, pregnant women, and adults with long term conditions like chronic heart disease, liver disease, neurological disease and respiratory disease.

The quick and simple ‘flu jab’ is the best protection from the virus and will help to reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death amongst those most at risk.

Maintaining good cough and hand hygiene, such as covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, disposing of the tissue as soon as possible and cleaning your hands as soon you can are important actions that can help prevent the spread of germs and reduce the risk of transmission.

For further information visit NHS Choices website - www.nhs.uk