DOCTOR CALLING: By Dr Kevin Hill
NHS South Lincolnshire CCG is urging those most at risk from flu to protect themselves and their families as a matter of priority with a free flu jab. Full protection from the vaccine takes up to two weeks to develop and can help prevent vulnerable patients from 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 Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, 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 are not aware of the flu jab, if you think you may be at risk, we urge you to seek information and advice from your GP practice.
“I would strongly advise you to contact your surgery to arrange for your flu jab, and remember this is a preventable illness. Contact your GP surgery now to arrange a convenient appointment and get your jab.
“It’s quick, safe and free for those most at risk from the virus.”
For more information, speak to your GP or local pharmacist, or visit www.nhs.uk/flu