Get Flu Safe Trafford5 October 2018
Clinicians at NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging residents ‘at risk’ to get flu safe as winter approaches, with a free flu jab.
Flu is highly infectious and spreads rapidly through coughs and sneezes. Flu is also largely preventable and for most people, it is unpleasant. However, for some people, it is dangerous and can kill.
That is why the vaccine is available for free for all pregnant women, children aged two to eight, people with long-term health conditions, everyone aged 65 and over, and for people who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person.
Pregnant women can get vaccinated at any stage of pregnancy. The flu vaccine is safe and helps to protect both mum and baby from complications that can be caused by flu.
If you have a long-term health condition, including Asthma, COPD and a BMI over 40 among others the effects of flu can make it worse, even if the condition is well-managed and you normally feel well.
Dr Mark Jarvis, Trafford GP and Clinical Director at Trafford CCG, said: “Flu can be a really serious illness for some people and there are a significant number of deaths each year. It affects all ages and the important thing is it is preventable.”
He continued: “If you’re in an ‘at-risk’ group you would be helping yourself and the general public by getting your free NHS flu jab from your GP practice or community pharmacy. The key message is ‘it’s free because you need it’.”
A nasal spray is available for pre-school children aged two and three and is safe, quick, effective and pain-free. The spray is also being offered to children in reception class and school-years 1 to 5.
The best time to get vaccinated is the start of flu season, from October to November. If you are eligible you will receive a letter from your GP inviting you to a clinic to receive your vaccination. Inviting patients for their vaccination is being phased this year so please don’t worry if you have yet to receive your letter.
Even if you are not eligible for a free flu vaccination, many community pharmacists are offering the jab for a small fee.