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It’s not too late to get your flu jab

Press Release: 27/11/2018

 
There’s still time to have your flu vaccine before the virus starts spreading this winter. 
 
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington has had her flu jab and is helping to champion the benefits to others.
 
She said: “Flu is very infectious and can be easily spread to other people. The best way to protect yourself and others from falling ill with flu is to get a flu vaccination. Ring your doctor or local pharmacist now to make that appointment. Make sure you and your loved ones get protected and stay well.”
 
The flu vaccine is free on the NHS to:
 
  • All adults aged 65 years and over
  • People at risk with long term health conditions from 6 months of age to 64 years
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged 2 and 3
  • Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Carers of any person who has a disability or caring for an older person
  • Household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed

Flu can cause fever, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles with extreme tiredness.  For most people it is an unpleasant and self-limiting illness but for some groups of people it can develop into a far more serious illness leading to a hospital admission.

 Every year across the UK people die from flu.  Flu vaccination offers you the best protection.
 
For more information see www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine
 
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