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Vaccination part of ‘stay well’ campaign

18:57 15 October 2015

Man Receiving Flu Shot

Man Receiving Flu Shot

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A major drive to help people stay well this winter has been launched by Public Health England and NHS England.

A national flu vaccination programme for children has been launched, which this year seeks to help over three million 2-6-year-olds as the programme is extended to children in school years 1 and 2, who will be eligible to receive the free nasal spray vaccine.

As in previous years, the adult flu vaccine will also be offered for free to those in groups at particular risk of infection and complications from flu – pregnant women, those over the age of 65, those under the age of 65 with long-term conditions and carers.

As well as protecting against flu, the NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign will urge people over 65 or those with long-term health conditions to prepare for winter with advice on how to ward off common illnesses.

The campaign urges the public to get a flu jab if eligible, heat their home to at least 18 degrees Celsius if possible and get help from a pharmacist quickly if they start to feel unwell.

It also urges people to get their prescription medicines before pharmacies close on Christmas Eve, take prescribed medicines as directed and look out for others who may need extra help over winter.

Paul Kaiser, a GP in Wickham Market and a member of the governing body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Flu occurs every year and for many people will result in symptoms such as headaches, aches, pains and tiredness. However, for people in at-risk groups flu can have serious consequences. Many GP practices are now holding flu clinics, either walk-in or by appointment. Getting the jab is free and quick.”

Suffolk County Councillor Tony Goldson, cabinet member for health, added: “Even if you think you have already had flu, or you had a vaccination last year, if you are in the groups mentioned I would urge you to arrange a vaccination this year.”

Find out more about the flu jab at www.healthysuffolk.org

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