It’s still not too late to get flu jab protection, says NHS chief

PUBLISHED: 17:08 16 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:17 18 January 2016

It's still not too late to get protection against flu

It's still not too late to get protection against flu

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Anyone in an ‘at risk’ group can still get a free flu jab even though we’re well into the new year, say NHS chiefs.

They warn that early indications are that it could be a bad year for outbreaks of flu, with 74 reported in the first seven days of January in England alone.

That indicates the highest risk for three years, they say, and urge anyone over 65, pregnant women, those with long term conditions and those that care for them to make an appointment to jet the jab.

Children between the ages of two and four have also been offered the vaccination.

NHS England regional medical director Dr Aly Rashid said: “The flu virus is really nasty. It’s not like a common cold that you can normally shake off on a few days.

“When those identified as being in an ‘at risk group’ contract flu they could develop further complications and take longer to recover. In some instances it can be life threatening.”

If you think you’re eligible your GP practice and many pharmacies can help sit. Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell for more information.

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