Pregnant women and the elderly urged to get their free flu jab in South Gloucestershire
PREGNANT women and the over 65s are among those being urged to take up a free flu vaccination in South Gloucestershire this autumn.
The national immunisation programme starts in October and runs through to March next year.
Dr Mark Pietroni, director of public health in South Gloucestershire, said: “It’s very important for your health, or if you are pregnant, for the health of your unborn baby, that you take up the offer of vaccination and arrange an appointment with your GP or nurse.
“If you know someone who is 65 or over, or is in one of the high risk groups, suggest they get a flu jab too.”
An awareness campaign is being launched which targets certain groups of people to take up the vaccination who may be at greater risk of developing health complications if they contract flu. These include those with certain chronic health conditions, the over 65s, pregnant women, carers and those who have a weak immune system.
This year, children aged between two and three (on September 1, 2013) are also eligible for the vaccination which is given as a nasal spray.
Those in high risk groups will receive a letter from their GP inviting them to make an appointment for their free vaccination.
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