It’s not too late to get your flu jab

People in Walsall are being reminded that it’s not too late to get a flu jab.

At this time of the year, health professionals see an increasing number of people get the flu which can be avoided by having the flu jab.

The flu jab is especially important for children aged 2-11 years, over-65s, pregnant women and those with a long-term health condition. Flu is dangerous for people in these groups, and they are entitled to receive a free NHS flu vaccine.

Dr Anand Rischie, GP at Pleck Health Centre and Chair at NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group said: “There are still a number of GP surgeries and pharmacies in Walsall that have flu vaccines available. If you or someone you care for hasn’t had the vaccine, please contact your GP or pharmacy.

“Flu can spread rapidly and as a GP, I would encourage as many people as possible to have the flu jab – protecting themselves, their friends and family.”

For many people, a bout of flu will make you feel miserable for a week or so, but for people who are at risk of developing serious health problems, it can cause bronchitis, pneumonia and sometimes death.

Stephen Gunther, Director of Public Health at Walsall Council said: “Flu is circulating in the Walsall area, so it’s important that everyone who can get the free NHS flu jab knows it’s not too late to get one. The flu jab is the best protection we have against this unpredictable virus. Don’t delay, ask your GP or local pharmacy and get protected as soon as possible.”

Frontline NHS healthcare workers, as well as care home and home care teams, are also being urged to take up free vaccinations offered through their employers, so that they reduce the risk of passing on an infection to their vulnerable patients.

For more information on the NHS flu vaccine, visit nhs.uk.