Time for your free flu jab

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NHS South Lincolnshire CCG is reminding patients over the age of 65 to protect themselves against flu this winter with a free vaccination.

It is the best possible protection against the flu virus during the autumn and winter months when you’re more likely to suffer complications if you contract flu.

Even if you’ve had the vaccination before it’s important to get it again because the type of virus in circulation changes every year and so the vaccine changes, too.

In winter 2013/14, over 9,000 people nationwide were admitted to hospital with confirmed cases of flu and 10 per cent of all patients 
admitted died as a result of the flu virus.

Dr Kevin Hill GP, chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “I would urge anyone who is offered a free flu vaccination to visit their GP or pharmacy now. “

It’s quick, safe and free if you’re over 65.

Contrary to popular myth it can’t give you flu because it has no live vaccine.”

Look out for a letter from your GP telling you about the dates and times of their flu clinics. For the first time this year some pharmacies are offering the flu jab too. You will have to check with your local pharmacy but it’s another way of getting yourself protected.

If you care for someone over 65 it’s advisable to get vaccinated too, so that you can protect yourself and the person you care for. Make an appointment today - it’s free because you need it.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

• Flu vaccinations are currently offered free of charge to the following ‘at-risk’ groups:

• those aged 65 years and over

• those aged six months to under 65 with a serious medical condition, such as:

• chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis

• chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

• chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or 5

• chronic liver disease

• chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease

• diabetes

• splenic dysfunction

• a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)

• pregnant women

• all two, three and four-year-olds (on 31 August 2015)

• all children of school years 1 and 2 age:

• Year 1 school age: 5 year olds, rising to 6 year olds (i.e. date of birth between 1st September 2009 and on or before 31st August 2010)

• Year 2 school age: 6 year olds, rising to 7 years olds (i.e. date of birth between 1st September 2008 and on or before 31st August 2009)

• primary school-aged children in areas that previously participated in primary school pilots in 2014/15

• those in long-stay residential care homes

• carers