Have you had your flu jab?

Posted on: 23 November 2010 by Rhian Mainwaring

GP's around the country are urging those at risk to get booked in for their flu jab!

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Seasonal winter flu is a highly infectious illness, caused by the influenza virus. Every year around the UK there are around 8,000 flu related deaths in the winter months.

You should get the vaccine is you are...

  • Over the age of 65
  • Suffering from long term conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, multiple sclerosis, serious kidney or liver disease
  • Pregnant

Dr. Harry Yoxall, Medical Secretary, Somerset Local Medical Committee (LMC) said, "This year the swine flu virus will be one of the most common types of flu going around, and it is important to remind people to get their annual flu jab. The vaccine will protect against three types of flu, including the type known as "swine flu".

"If you are in any of the identified "at risk" groups my advice, especially at this time of year, is to contact your GP surgery and arrange to be vaccinated as soon as possible."  

And remember, if you find yourself coughing and sneezing use the old mantra "catch it, bin it, kill it" this will protect you and those around you from being ill over the festive period.

Get in touch with your GP to make an appointment, if  you don't fall into one of the at risk groups you can choose to pay for a vaccine. Boots offer one for £12.99 or head to Superdrug for £9.95,  both are while stocks last and provide you with the same protection from influenza.

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