Are you at risk of flu? It’s free because you need it

If you have a long term health condition, even one that is well managed, you are eligible for the flu vaccination free of charge. 

 Flu can make the effects of existing health conditions worse, so if you have a long term condition, like diabetes, asthma or heart disease, it’s important to get vaccinated. 15.4million people, over a quarter of the UK population, have a long-term health condition; if you aren’t sure if you are eligible for a vaccine you should contact your GP practice

Fin McCaul, Long term conditions lead for NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “People with long term conditions are one of the groups particularly vulnerable to flu, so it’s important to be well prepared and to take precautions against catching it. Flu can make existing conditions worse and can cause more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia.

I urge those who are eligible for the flu vaccine to visit their GP to receive the vaccination as early as possible in the flu season, November or earlier, before flu starts to circulate in the community.”

The flu jab is available free of charge on the NHS to eligible groups. People with long term conditions and other eligible patients should contact their GP practice to make an appointment to get the jab.

Other groups of people who are deemed ‘at risk’ to developing serious complications from flu, and who are urged to get vaccinated are pregnant women and people aged 65 and over. Carers, 2-4 years olds, and those living in nursing or residential homes are also offered the vaccine, as well as front line health and social care workers.

If you are at one of the ‘at risk’ categories for flu, arrange your free flu vaccination now by contacting your GP surgery.

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