CCGs across Lincolnshire are reminding anyone over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with long term conditions to protect themselves against flu this winter with a free vaccination.
The flu vaccination 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.
Each winter many patients are admitted to hospital with confirmed cases of flu and ten per cent of all patients admitted die as a result of the flu virus.
Dr Kevin Hill, GP and Chair of South Lincolnshire CCG said:
“Flu is a really unpleasant illness, particularly for those over 65, pregnant women, or people with long term conditions. You are more likely to become seriously ill and have complications like pneumonia or make an existing condition worse if you catch flu, which may result in an unwanted hospital stay and can even be fatal.
“Flu tends to circulate between September and March. The flu vaccination is available from October, so I would urge anyone who is offered it to visit their GP or pharmacy now. It’s quick, safe and free if you’re over 65, pregnant or have a long term condition.
“It’s worth adding that, contrary to popular myth, the flu vaccination cannot give you flu, because it contains inactivated flu viruses.”
Look out for a letter from your GP telling you about the dates and times of their flu clinics. The vaccination is also available from your local pharmacy as they are offering the flu jab too - you will have to check with your local pharmacy but it’s another way of getting yourself protected.
Carers are also advised 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