Hundreds get flu jab as City Council issues urgent reminder

Flu Jab

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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Hundreds of local residents have already had their annual flu jab as Hull City Council issues an urgent reminder to others at risk.

Over 600 people in Hull have already had their flu jab this year in a bid to prevent the disease from circulating. However a reminder has been issued by the Council’s Public Health Team and NHS Hull’s GP Group that asks more people at risk to come in for the jab.

As the colder weather sets in, those thought to be at greatest risk are people over 65 or those in residential care, carers themselves, children between 2 – 4 years, pregnant women and anyone with long-term health conditions, especially asthma, diabetes or heart-disease, or those with a weakened immune system.

Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health and Adults said: “Flu can be really nasty for people who are at most risk and can be dangerous with some existing illnesses, it may even lead to further health complications. We want to avoid this wherever possible.

Get it now, don’t delay

Viruses that cause flu get worse this time of year, so health bosses have warned that getting the jab before the virus starts circulating in the community is the best way to help avoid it.

Kate Davey, Immunisation Nurse at Newland Group Practice said: ”

“The vaccine is the best possible protection against the flu virus, particularly for older people, young children, women who are pregnant and people with long term health conditions.

“Our seasonal Flu campaign is well under way and we are very pleased that around 600 people attended our recent flu clinic. We are continuing to actively encourage all patients in our eligible groups to get their jab.

“It is equally important that anyone who is the main carer of an older or disabled person keeps themselves healthy as their welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. ”

Teens get sprays not jabs 

This year Hull is one of a handful of areas taking part in a pilot-scheme offering the vaccine to teenagers in the first year of secondary school. All 12 – 13 year olds will be offered the treatment as a nasal spray instead of the standard injection.

Julia Weldon, adds:

“Flu can be very unpleasant for children as they suffer the same symptoms as adults and that’s why it is important to protect young children with the nasal spray.

You can get more information on the flu jab from the NHS website.

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Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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