AT RISK OF WINTER FLU? THEN GET YOUR FLU JABS, URGES MP
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AT RISK OF WINTER FLU? THEN GET YOUR FLU JABS, URGES MP

Peter Luff has had a flu jab at Westminster Flu Day, a flu vaccine clinic held in the House of Commons, intended to publicise the need for “at risk’ groups to get vaccinated.

Peter said,

“Flu can be a very serious illness for certain groups of people. Although last year in Worcestershire the figures for people being vaccinated were slightly higher than the national average, we’ve got to keep it up. It is really important that everyone over the age of 65 or are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups visits their GP surgeries and gets vaccinated.

“I made a charitable contribution for this jab – but it’s free for at risk people.”

According to the influenza immunisation program 2013/14, an influenza vaccination should be offered for free to:

• All those aged 65 and over
• All those aged over 6 months in the following clinical ‘at-risk’ groups:
• Chronic respiratory disease and asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission
• Chronic heart disease
• Chronic renal disease
• Chronic liver disease
• Chronic neurological disease
• Diabetes
• Immunosuppression
• Pregnant women
• Those living in long-stay residential and nursing homes or other long-stay facilities
• Those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. Vaccination should be given at the GP’s discretion.
• Healthcare workers in the NHS are being encouraged to take up vaccination, especially those employees directly involved in patient care.

A programme to vaccinate children will be rolled out from 2013 starting with children aged two and three.

Westminster Flu Day is an established event in the Parliamentary calendar. It is sponsored by the ABPI Vaccine Group and is supported by the Department of Health as a useful way to highlight the importance of flu vaccination.

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