People over 65 urged to get the free flu jab

Dec 12 2018

Hampshire County Council is urging people over 65 who have not yet had the free flu jab to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Member for Public Health at the County Council, said, “It’s important to protect yourself and those around you from seasonal flu and this year a new vaccine will be given to over 65s that gives greater protection to older people.”

One of the most common complications of flu is bronchitis, a chest infection that can become serious and develop into pneumonia. The vaccine for over 65s is designed to give optimum protection to those who are more susceptible to infection or who carry a greater risk of being affected by adverse health.

Phased delivery of the vaccine to GP surgeries since September means that some people in the over 65 age group have not yet taken up their flu jab.

Severe symptoms including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat make it one of the most debilitating seasonal illnesses.

For more information visit  https://www.nhs.uk/staywell