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Time ticking to get flu jab

Article date - 01 November 2019

Time is ticking to get booked in for that all-important flu jab.

Join the likes of Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Libraries, St Helens Council Interim Chief Executive Harry Catherall and Director for Public Health in St Helens Sue Forster who had their jabs done earlier this week.

More people than ever are eligible for a flu vaccination to keep them protected against numerous strains of the flu.

Adults with chronic respiratory diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema or asthma should get the vaccination as they are more at risk of serious complications if they catch the flu compared to healthy adults.

The same applies to people with conditions like chronic heart disease, angina, have had a stroke or have chronic liver disease.

Those eligible for the vaccination, which comes in the form of a nasal spray for young children, include those aged 65 or above, those with long term conditions like the ones outlined above, children aged two to three on August 31, children from reception to year six, pregnant women, health and social care workers and carers.

Primary school children should receive their vaccinations at school so make sure to check that your child has had theirs with schools.

Councillor Burns said: “It really is so easy to get your flu vaccination done, it doesn’t take long at all and the protection it gives you could make a real difference not just to yourself but also help protect others from the risks that the flu can bring. So make sure you book your appointment with your GP surgery or head down to your local pharmacy who can also give you your vaccine and get it done soon.”