Residents urged to get flu jab
DOCTORS across Street and Glastonbury are urging those at greatest risk of flu to protect themselves and their families by getting a free jab.
Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch and it can be a serious illness for some. Those at greater risk from flu include people aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and those with health conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints, and diabetes.
Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health, Somerset County Council, said: "Flu is not just a cold – it can be a really serious illness for some people and it doesn't just affect older people.
"If you're pregnant, have lowered immunity or a long term health condition you should also get a free flu jab from your GP.
"The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you will need another one this year. Carers and frontline health and social care staff are also encouraged to get a free jab to protect themselves and those around them."
The flu jab is completely free and safe and the best time to be vaccinated is at the start of the flu season from October to early November. Anyone wanting a jab can contact their GP to arrange a convenient appointment.
For more information, speak to your GP or local pharmacist, or visit www.nhs.uk/flu.