Do you have a long-term health condition? Then make sure you get ‘flu safe’ with a free flu jab from your local GP.
At-risk patients include people with severe asthma, diabetes, bronchitis, or a chest or heart complaint. Those with underlying health condition are about 11 times more likely to die if they catch flu, but last winter only half of patients registered in Milton Keynes, aged between six months to 65 years and living with an underlying condition, had the free flu vaccine.
This meant that nearly 14,000 people went unprotected, despite being at an increased risk from severe complications of flu.
Flu can knock even the healthiest people off their feet for a couple of weeks, which is why it is even more important to book an appointment with your GP for the free flu jab if you have an existing health condition.
It is also strongly advised to make sure that young children who are asthma sufferers see their local GP to get the vaccine, which is given as a nasal spray in each nostril.
Dr Nicola Smith, GP chairman of Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The fact is that getting the flu jab saves lives. I’d strongly urge those at risk of serious illness due to flu, particularly those with a long-term health condition to make sure that they are protected this winter by booking an appointment with their local GP.
“There is a misconception that having a cold is the same thing as the flu, but flu is a lot more serious and can result in being off your feet for days to recover, or worse, including hopsitalisation. If you are vulnerable to illness, you will be putting your health at risk by not having the flu jab.”
For more information, visit www.miltonkeynesccg.nhs.uk/flu/