Older people in Wirral are being urged to get flu safe with a free flu jab to help protect them this winter.
Fiona Johnstone, Wirral’s Director of Public Health, said: “If you are over 65, it’s vital to get a flu jab, to protect you at the time of year when you’re most vulnerable.
“Flu is not just a bad cold. It can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in hospital, and it can even be a killer.”
People aged 65 or over can have a free flu jab on the NHS at their GP practice. This will give them the best possible protection against the virus.
Those who care for older people are also advised to get vaccinated to protect not only themselves but the person they care for, who may be particularly vulnerable.
The best time to have the jab is at the start of the flu season, from October to early November, to get flu safe in time for winter.
Fiona added: “Flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a virus. The types of virus in circulation change every year, as does the vaccine; so it’s important that you have the jab this winter, even if you had it last year.
“So help protect yourself and those around you by having a flu jab at your local GP practice. And remember, the flu jab cannot give you flu.”
Simply contact your GP to arrange a convenient appointment. It’s quick, safe and free for those aged 65 or over.
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