People encouraged to get flu jabs early

Do you need a flu jab?
Do you need a flu jab?

People at risk of developing complications from catching flu are being encouraged to get their vaccination early this autumn.

If you are generally healthy, catching the influenza virus is unpleasant and can put a halt to your day-to-day activities, but usually you will recover within a week.

However, some groups of people are at particular risk from the more serious effects of flu.

They are:

l Older people

l The very young

l Pregnant women

l People with a health condition, particularly chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease

l People who have a weakened immune system

These groups are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination.

The same is true for children aged from two to four years.

The jab is also free for carers so that they can protect themselves from passing flu to the person for whom they 

Frontline health and social care workers should be offered the vaccination through their employers.

Liz Morgan, assistant director for Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Flu is an unpredictable virus.

“It is impossible to know in advance how many serious cases there might be during the upcoming season.

“I would urge anyone in one of the at-risk groups to protect themselves against the effects of flu.

“It’s also really important that carers and frontline health and social care workers get the vaccination to stay healthy and avoid passing the illness on to the people they care for.”

She added: “Even if you had a jab last year it’s important to have another one this autumn if you are still at-risk because new strains circulate each year.”

To find out if you are eligible for a free vaccination and to book your appointment, contact your GP.