Protect yourself and your family from flu

Published on: Thursday, 01-October-2015

People in Knowsley at risk from the complications of flu are being urged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination.

Knowsley Council is appealing to all the vulnerable groups to protect themselves this winter by getting vaccinated. This includes people over 65, pregnant women, and those with underlying health problems

In addition, a nasal spray vaccine will also be offered to healthy two, three and four year old children, as well as children in primary school years 1 and 2 and under 16s in ‘at risk’ groups, in a bid to slow down the spread of the virus to vulnerable people.  This is the latest extension to the national flu vaccination programme, which will eventually include yearly vaccination of all 2-16 year olds.

People aged 65 and over are also urged to visit their GP to be vaccinated. Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley said “For the majority of people, flu is an unpleasant, but not life-threatening illness. However, it can be very serious for older people and those groups at risk of developing complications.

“They include those with weakened immune systems as well as underlying conditions such as neurological disorders, liver, lung or renal disease, heart problems or diabetes and pregnant women.

“Vaccination remains the best way to protect against the potential serious harm from flu this winter. I urge everyone entitled to a free vaccination, to take up the offer – especially people in at-risk groups and the parents of young children who qualify.”

The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a vaccination last winter you need another one this year to stay safe from flu. 

Simply contact your GP to arrange a convenient appointment and get you or your child vaccinated.