AN extra date has been added to the flu roadshow in Milton Keynes so city people can find out exactly why it is so important to be vaccinated in the next few weeks.
A series of Flu Safe Roadshows are being held in popular venues across the city in the run-up to winter.
Shoppers will be able to find out the full facts about flu, if they are in one of the priority groups to get the jab, and ask any questions.
The roadshows are being backed by the city’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the new health organisation led by clinicians who will be responsible for commissioning healthcare for patients.
Fiona Anaman, Health Protection Specialist for NHS Milton Keynes Public Health team said: “Flu can make anyone sick, a flu jab is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and your family against flu viruses. In the groups most at risk it can lead to very considerable complications and make any existing conditions worse.
“We are running these roadshows to get that message across to as many people as possible, and give them the opportunity to ask questions and find out the facts.”
The roadshows, which take place between 10am and 3pm are being held on two dates. The first is on Wednesday, December 5 at Boots in thecentre:mk with the second being held on Saturday, December 8 at Boots in Bletchley.
Fiona said: “Flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a virus. The types of virus in circulation change every year so does the vaccine, therefore it is important that you have the jab this winter, even if you had it last year.
“To help protect yourself and those around you make sure you have a flu jab at your local GP surgery. And remember, the flu jab does not contain live viruses, so it cannot give you the flu.”
Priority groups include those aged over 65, pregnant women, people with an existing serious medical condition, those living in a residential or nursing home, and people who are the main carers for an elderly or disabled person who may be at risk if they are ill, front-line health and social care workers.