Lincolnshire residents encouraged to get flu jabs early

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People at risk of developing complications from catching flu are being encouraged to get their vaccination early this autumn.

Public health officials at Lincolnshire County Council want to remind those groups at particular risk from the more serious effects of flu - older people, the very young, pregnant women, people with a weakened immune system and those with a health condition, especially chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

These groups are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination, as are all two to four year olds.

The jab is also free for carers so that they can protect themselves from passing flu to the person they care for. Frontline health and social care workers should be offered the vaccination through their employers.

Liz Morgan, assistant director for Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Flu is an unpredictable virus. It is impossible to know in advance how many serious cases there might be during the upcoming season.

“I would urge anyone in one of the at risk groups to protect themselves against the effects of flu. It’s also really important that carers and frontline health and social care workers get the vaccination to stay healthy and avoid passing the illness on to the people they care for.

“Even if you had a jab last year it’s important to have another one this autumn if you are still at-risk because new strains circulate each year.”

To find out if you are eligible for a free vaccination and to book your appointment, contact your GP.