Those at risk from the flu across the district are being asked to stay well this winter by getting their flu vaccination.
GPs across the district are in the process of inviting people to have their flu injection. This includes all pregnant women, children aged 2 and 3, people aged 65 and over; and those with long term health conditions who are eligible. People in the clinically ‘at risk’ groups are 11 times more likely to experience complications if they get the flu than a ‘healthy person’ This includes those suffering from heart, lung, liver, kidney, spleen or neurological diseases, diabetes, stroke or a lowered immune system.
Anyone with a BMI over 40 will also qualify for a free flu vaccination. All 2 and 3 year olds are being asked to take a safe and effective nasal spray vaccine to protect them and help prevent the spread of flu to family members School Children in Reception and school Years 1 to 4 will also be able to get the nasal spray vaccine as part of a schools vaccination programme.
Anita Parkin, Head of Public Health for Bradford Council, says:
“If you receive a letter from your GP or employer, it’s because you need to protect yourself from the flu Making an appointment to have a quick and simple vaccination is a lot quicker than suffering from the flu for several days”.
“It’s not just a cold Flu is very contagious and can be a really serious illness If you’ve been sent a letter it is because you are at higher risk from complications that can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.
“Having your flu vaccine doesn’t just protect you; it helps stop the flu spreading to other people who may be even more vulnerable than yourself”.