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Get the jab to protect yourself against flu this winter, says Bromley GPs

Date: 11 October 2016

With the temperature dropping in recent weeks, autumn is well and truly upon us – which means that bugs like the flu are on the rise. GPs in Bromley are encouraging local residents to make sure they stay well over the coming months by getting the flu jab.

“Flu is a very infectious disease with symptoms that can come on very quickly, and is most prevalent during the colder months” explains Dr Andrew Parson, local GP and Chair of Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

“Flu is much worse than a cold, and can be particularly serious for certain groups of people. Those over 65 years of age, young children, pregnant woman and those with long term conditions, such as heart disease or respiratory illnesses are particularly vulnerable.  Flu can sometimes develop into more serious conditions, such as pneumonia or bronchitis, or it can make existing conditions worse.

“There are a number of ways you can protect yourself against flu; one of the most effective is to make sure you get your free flu jab from your GP if you are particularly vulnerable. Flu vaccinations are also available from some pharmacists.”

We all have to carry on doing every day activities, such as going to work, school and shopping, so it’s impossible to completely avoid exposing ourselves to diseases such as flu. However, by making sure you get the flu jab, you can increase your resistance to the disease and the ability to fight back.

Who is eligible for a free flu jab?

Talk to your GP about a flu jab if you:

  • are pregnant;
  • have a long-term condition;
  • have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA);
  • are seriously overweight;
  • are a carer of an older or disabled person;
  • live in a residential or nursing home;
  • are over 65 years of age.

 

All children aged two, three and four years can get the flu vaccination from their GP. Children in school years one, two and three will be vaccinated at school. All other children aged from six months up to 17 years with a long term health condition that puts them at more risk, such as diabetes, can ask their GP for a flu vaccination.

Flu can be horrible for little children, and if they get it, they can spread it around the whole family. Don’t put it off; ask your GP about the free flu vaccine today, or visit  NHS Choices for more information.

  • Summary:

    GPs in Bromley are encouraging local residents to make sure they stay well over the coming months by getting the flu jab

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