Fight flu with the jab

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Vulnerable patients in Lincolnshire are being urged to protect themselves and their families with a free flu jab.

Full protection from the vaccine takes up to two weeks to develop and can help prevent further health complications associated with influenza such as pneumonia.

Those most at risk include pregnant women, people living with a health condition such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints, and those aged 65 and over.

Throughout autumn and winter, critical care units across the region become busy with people who should have been vaccinated against flu, most of these patients would have been eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS.

Dr James Howarth, GP and clinical lead, Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Influenza can be a very serious illness, even for those who are fit and for the elderly and ill could even be fatal.

“There are still people who have not had the flu jab. It is widely available from your doctors’ surgery and that this is a preventable illness. I would strongly advise you to contact your surgery to arrange for your flu jab.”

Contact your GP surgery to arrange a convenient appointment and get your jab. It’s quick, safe and free for those most at risk.

For more information, speak to your GP or local pharmacist, or visit www.nhs.uk/flu.