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People over 65 in Thanet urged to reduce flu risk with free vaccine

User AvatarPosted by Amanda Crawford at 24/10/2018 16:52:38

People over 65 in Thanet are being urged to get their flu vaccination this year. 

Flu is a highly infectious disease. The symptoms, that come on very quickly, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness.

Serious infections, especially in those with underlying health conditions, although not common, can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability and even death.

Dr Jihad Malasi, chair of NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “It’s important that everyone over the age of 65 gets their flu vaccine as soon as possible. Older people are at greater risk of developing more serious illness if they succumb to a bout of the flu, which in turn could lead to pneumonia and other serious complications.

“Having an annual vaccination reduces the chance of catching the flu and potentially other more serious complications that could be fatal. Contact your GP or local pharmacy now, and make sure you are protected before flu starts to spread.

“I would also remind parents of young children that flu nasal sprays are offered to two to 10 year olds at GP surgeries or schools. Please take up this offer for your children – protecting them will help protect older members of the family too, and anyone who may be at higher risk from flu, such as mums-to-be and people with lung disease. Help us to help you.”

Everyone over the age of 65, people with long-term health conditions, and the main family carers of these people, can have the flu vaccine from their GP or local pharmacy for free. The risk of serious illness from flu and consequent hospitalisation and death is higher among people aged 65 and older as they are more likely to have an underlying health problem and the immune system does not work as well.

Visit nhs.uk/staywell for more details on how to help you and your family to stay well this winter.