Date: 12/12/2008 Category: Medway PCT
More residents than ever before have taken the opportunity to protect themselves against flu this winter. A total of 33,000 vaccinations were given to patients between 1 September and 30 October. More people have the vaccine each year to protect themselves from flu. So far this year 56 per cent of people aged 65 and over have received the vaccine and there is still time to have the vaccine before the flu season ends. NHS Medway continues to urge those residents who are most at risk of developing serious complications from flu to make the most of the free flu jabs on offer over the winter months. Flu can make you quite ill and can lead to complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. It can also make worse any illnesses you already have and in some cases can be potentially life threatening The flu jab will protect people from getting the flu. Medway’s Director of Public Health Dr Alison Barnett said: “We are really encouraged by the number of people who have attended for vaccination this year and by the response of local general practices in making it as easy as possible for people in Medway to get the free flu jab.” Those at risk include everyone aged 65 or over, adults and children who suffer from diabetes or chronic respiratory disease, including asthmatics on continuous inhaled steroids, or from heart, renal or liver disease. The Department of Health has been running its annual flu immunisation campaign which aims to persuade more at risk groups to get vaccinated. The flu vaccine does not contain any live virus, so it can’t cause flu. For more information talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist to find out more or visit www.nhs.uk/flu.