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Be Flu safe – get the Jab!

Health leaders in Gedling are 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 Paul Oliver, clinical lead for NHS Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I cannot express enough how important it is that those at risk protect themselves from what can be a very nasty virus for those affected.   It is also a very preventable illness; and the jab itself is quick, safe and free for those most at risk .”

Councillor Jenny Hollingsworth knows all about the potential complications after suffering from pneumonia and losing two months to illness last year. So this year, Gedling’s Mayor was straight on the case and booked her jab in early. She says: “I wouldn’t like anyone to be as ill as I was last year. Maybe I could have avoided it if I had got my Flu Jab. It is so important to be protected and it is easy and free from your GP. Now is the time to get it done and would urge anyone who is eligible to have their jab soon”

For more information, speak to your GP or local pharmacist, or visit www.nhs.uk/flu

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