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There’s still time to protect yourself from flu

We’re encouraging people in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, particularly those in at-risk groups, to get their flu vaccination if they have not already done so.

The flu vaccine is offered free of charge by the NHS to people who are at higher risk from the virus. Adults aged 65 and over, those with long term health conditions such as asthma or heart disease and pregnant women are most vulnerable and therefore eligible to get the vaccination free of charge from their GP or pharmacist.

Dr Anne-Marie Houlder, Assistant Medical Director, NHS England (North Midlands), said: “The vaccine is our best defence against the flu. If you are eligible for the free flu vaccination, make sure you speak to your GP or pharmacist as there’s still plenty of time to get your free flu jab.”

Carers and frontline health and social care staff are also encouraged to get a free flu vaccine to protect themselves and the people they care for.

Flu is a highly contagious illness, which spreads rapidly through the population. Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant and last for several weeks. For those with underlying health conditions, the flu can lead to more serious complications like pneumonia or bronchitis and in some cases it can be fatal.

Although it’s not possible to know which strains of flu will circulate each winter, the flu vaccination is developed each year based on flu data from the World Health Organisation and is the best protection against an unpredictable virus.

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