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Take action now to avoid winter flu

The NHS in Nottingham is urging patients with long term conditions, people aged over 65 and pregnant women to get a free flu jab. Parents of children aged two, three and four should also take their children to get the vaccine.

NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, which buys health services for people in Nottingham City, is supporting a national seasonal flu campaign organised by Public Health England in encouraging at-risk groups to get the vaccine and help prevent the spread of the flu virus.

“For most healthy people, flu is unpleasant but it is usually not serious and passes within a week,” said Safiy Karim, Clinical Lead at NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and a GP at the Limetree Surgery in Cinderhill. “However, older people, the very young, women who are pregnant and people with health conditions such as severe asthma, lowered immunity, diabetes or a chest, heart, liver or kidney complaint are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.

“For these people flu can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses and in the worst cases it can result in a hospital stay and can even kill.

“The flu vaccine is the best possible protection against the flu virus. Even if you have had the vaccination before it is important to get it again as the type of virus in circulation changes every year and so the vaccine changes as well. Make an appointment today with your GP practice.”

The CCG is advertising the ‘Flu Fighter’ campaign on phone boxes, taxis, information panels and trams across Nottingham over the coming weeks in a bid to raise awareness and encourage local people to get the jab and stay well.

In winter 2013/14 more than 900 people nationwide were admitted to hospital with confirmed cases of flu and ten per cent of all patients admitted died as a result of the virus.

The national NHS immunisation programme will provide free vaccines to patients under 65 with long term conditions, children aged two, three and four, people over 65 and pregnant women.

For more information speak to your local GP practice or pharmacist or visit www.nhs.uk/flu.

Published: 13 October 2014